Daily Archives: January 10, 2019

January 10 The Mind-Set of Faith

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1–14

Key Verse: Exodus 3:14

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

We often think faith begins when we step out and trust God for something He has promised, but actually faith begins even before this point. Faith is an attitude, a mind-set that has the power to chart our course through life.

Those who bypass faith in God experience discouragement because they are left to trust in their own abilities. What is human capability in light of God’s omniscience?

Moses faced several critical points in his walk of faith. One came very early in his relationship with the Lord. The first time God spoke to Moses, He challenged Moses’ ability to trust Him: “Come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt” (Ex. 3:10 nasb).

The situation appeared overwhelming to Moses. How could he possibly go to Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go? He couldn’t! At least, he couldn’t in his own strength.

Are you facing a situation in which you know God wants you to trust Him, but the way seems dark and unsure?

Moses felt totally inadequate to do what God wanted him to do. God understood. This is what is so endearing about our Savior; He understands our frailties. All He asks is for you to be willing. Trust His love and care, and be strengthened by His power.

Precious heavenly Father, thank You for understanding my frailties. Even when my pathway seems dark and unsure, I know You will strengthen me. I rest in Your love and care.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 10 Difficult Lessons

Scripture reading: Matthew 16:21–28

Key verse: Matthew 16:22

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

Often the lessons surrounding love are difficult to learn. Peter and the others discovered this one afternoon as they listened to Jesus teach God’s truth. For the first time, Christ’s words tore at their minds, filling them with anguish and fear.

The Lord explained how He had to go to Jerusalem where He would suffer and die. Up until that point, the disciples had not fully heard what Jesus was saying to them. But now they did, and their hearts were wild with fear. Peter immediately tried to rebuke the Lord by saying, “This shall not happen to You!” (Matt 16:22).

But Jesus stood firm. Like the others, Peter could not yet see the strength of eternal love supporting and protecting the Son of man.

Perhaps you are going through a difficult season, and you don’t understand why God has allowed you to suffer. Be assured that God loves you and that He has a plan for your life. Even when darkness seems to surround you, God is at work. His love never stops, never gives up, and never gives in to devastating circumstances.

Jesus understood how painful it would be for His disciples to hear of His impending death. He administered comfort when it was needed and eternal hope when the emotional darkness became too much for them to bear—and He will do the same for you.

Father, thank You for Your comforting presence in the dark times. I am so glad that You love me and have a wonderful plan for my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Please Enjoy This Video Of Jim Acosta Owning Himself At The Border Wall — The Federalist

Jim Acosta’s latest video report from the border wall must truly be seen to be believed.

It’s starting to seem as though Jim Acosta is biased. His latest video report must truly be seen to be believed.

I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019

Of course, Acosta thought he was undermining Trump’s “national emergency” narrative by depicting a relatively peaceful scene along a section of steel slats in McAllen, Texas on Thursday. Were he not so blinded by his own bias and thirst for retweets, Acosta may have realized the “tranquil[ity]” he encountered actually kind of makes Trump’s point about the wall. But that’s asking a little too much.

Presumably, Jim, the counter-argument would be that you don’t see “a national emergency situation” precisely because there’s a wall of the sort that those you’re criticizing want to extend.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 10, 2019

Expressing shock that there is no imminent threat as he walks along….a border wall. I think that’s the point, right? https://t.co/X0F3PQYdBu

— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) January 10, 2019

Er, you found a place where there is a barrier and all is quiet? Jim, do you know what point you’re actually making here? https://t.co/YbZfYtyO5P

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 10, 2019

Imagine if a CNN reporter drove to a small town in western PA, whipped out his phone and said, “I found a white working class town, but I don’t see any corpses of heroin addicts lying around in the streets…” https://t.co/g4D5Bjnvhx

— John Daniel Davidson (@johnddavidson) January 10, 2019

Brilliant reporting from CNN’s @Acosta —walls work! Thank you Jim! https://t.co/Ymw9iCgPzx

— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) January 10, 2019

the wall actually works, reports jim acosta https://t.co/drCJwOjES3

— Vince Coglianese (@TheDCVince) January 10, 2019

Jim Acosta is at the border, showing that orgainzed, aggressive challenges to the U.S. border aren’t happening at a place where there’s a giant steel wall. 🤔 https://t.co/rV03UPclBA

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 10, 2019

I am *shocked* that a glib video, customized for re-tweets and filmed in broad daylight along one of the more secure parts of the RGV by a reporter who parachuted in for the day, did not reveal anything dramatic. https://t.co/TgPzMtU8pl

— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) January 10, 2019

Ever fueled by an aggressive self-awareness deficit, Acosta just couldn’t help but frame his 30-second video report as an indictment of Trump’s policy, making his self-own that much sweeter. The only disadvantage here is that we’re spilling another round of ink on Acosta, which is ultimately what the guy wants. What I want, on the other hand, is Burger King, so at least Acosta has that. 

via Please Enjoy This Video Of Jim Acosta Owning Himself At The Border Wall — The Federalist

Pelosi: American Deaths ‘Not a Justification’ for ‘Taking Babies Out of Arms of Their Parents’

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

Explaining her opposition to funding a border wall to protect Americans, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that America deaths are “no justification” for giving President Donald Trump the funding he seeks.

Source: Pelosi: American Deaths ‘Not a Justification’ for ‘Taking Babies Out of Arms of Their Parents’

78% Of Americans Live Paycheck To Paycheck (Including Many Government Workers Affected By The Shutdown)

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

In just a few days, this will officially be the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight. 

President Trump is pledging that he will not sign any spending bill unless it includes funding for a border wall, and the Democrats are promising their supporters that they will never agree to a single penny for a wall.  This could be the confrontation that ends up defining Trump’s presidency, and whoever backs down now is going to look incredibly weak.

But the longer this shutdown lasts, the more painful things are going to become for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers that are going without pay, and for the hundreds of thousands of workers that are employed by government contractors that rely on business from the federal government.

You should never play a game of chicken with somebody that is crazier than you are.  In this case, it looks like both sides fully expect the other party to blink first, but the truth is that neither side is likely to yield any time soon.

So the days ahead are likely to be exceedingly painful for most federal workers, because just like the population as a whole, most of them are living paycheck to paycheck.

In fact, one survey found that 78 percent of American workers are currently living paycheck to paycheck…

Government workers are far from alone in feeling stressed about not getting paid. Nearly 80 percent of American workers (78 percent) say they’re living paycheck to paycheck, according to a 2017 report by employment website CareerBuilder. Women are particularly vulnerable: 81 percent of them report living paycheck to paycheck, compared with 75 percent of men.

As I have repeatedly stressed, living paycheck to paycheck is something that you do not want to do if at all possible.  When you live paycheck to paycheck, you are just one major disaster away from financial ruin.  For example, if somebody in your family has a major accident or a significant medical emergency, it can quickly render you completely destitute.

That same survey also discovered that 70 percent of all workers are currently in debt

Just more than 70 percent of all respondents say that they’re in debt, and a quarter of workers say they weren’t able to make ends meet at the end of every month of the past year.

If you are scrambling to make debt payments every month and you have no financial cushion to fall back on, then you have no room for error, and that is where most Americans find themselves today.

So for most federal workers, this government shutdown is not just an inconvenience.

According to Professor Paul Light, somewhere around 800,000 government workers are currently going without pay…

The shutdown has left approximately 800,000 federal workers in financial limbo. Around 420,000 “essential” employees are working without pay, while another 380,000 have been ordered to stay home, according to calculations provided to CNBC by Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University.

Of course the mainstream media is going to be filled with sob stories from these workers for as long as this shutdown lasts.  For instance, CNN recently profiled the plight of TSA security officer Jessica Caraballo

The partial government shutdown that began December 22 left Caraballo and 420,000 other federal workers across the country forced to work without a paycheck. Two weeks have passed and dozens of families like the Caraballos have put their lives on hold.

“Rent is due, light bill, gas bill, my car bill is due the 26th,” Caraballo said. “I already got my last paycheck and there’s no paycheck to come.”

“I don’t know when we would be able to celebrate birthdays, when we would be able to get ahead,” she added. “This is a pushback.”

Without a doubt things are tough right now for families like the Caraballos, but what will they do when a real national emergency strikes?

As we watch all the chaos that a minor disruption has created, it should cause all of us to realize that any sort of a major disruption could be extremely catastrophic for most of the country.

The vast majority of us are deeply, deeply dependent on the system.  That is fine and dandy as long as the system is functioning well, but what if someday it stops functioning altogether?

For the moment, many government workers can just pile up more debt to get through this short-term crisis.  Of course many of them are already drowning in debt, and we just learned that U.S. consumer borrowing was up another 22 billion dollars during the month of November.

However, if this shutdown lasts for another month or two, the mood of this nation is going to get quite sour, and that will especially be true once the food stamp benefits run out

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP at the federal level, is one of the agencies unfunded during the partial government shutdown. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that SNAP would be funded through February, thanks to the funding bill that expired on Dec. 22, which included a provision allowing federal agencies to make obligated payments to support certain programs for 30 days after its expiration date.

Can you imagine the uproar that we would see if 38 million people were suddenly cut off from food stamps?

I think that the left is counting on that as negotiating leverage if they need it.

At this point we do not know how the political gridlock in Washington will end.  Yesterday, President Trump walked out of a meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi when Pelosi told him point blank that there will be no money for a wall.  At this point there does not seem to be any room for a compromise, and it will be politically disastrous for either side to back down now.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of government workers are going to be hurting, and the pain will intensify with each passing day.

Source: 78% Of Americans Live Paycheck To Paycheck (Including Many Government Workers Affected By The Shutdown)

Democrats Don’t Want To Fund A Wall To Protect Americans, Let’s See What They Are Actually Funding Instead…

THREAD: Dems are refusing to fund the border wall, so I thought I’d create a list of all the insane things government DOES FUND. ‣ $3,000,000 for World of Warcraft: tax $ funded UC Irvine researchers’ screen time‣ $800,000 on studying significance of genital-washing pic.twitter.com/DDhrQpcw3z — Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 9, 2019 ‣ $2,500,000 on […]

Source: Democrats Don’t Want To Fund A Wall To Protect Americans, Let’s See What They Are Actually Funding Instead…

CNN’s Jim Acosta mocked for accidentally proving that border walls work

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was mocked for accidently proving that border walls work in a video he uploaded to Twitter.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was mocked for accidently proving that border walls work in a video he uploaded to Twitter.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might want to confiscate someone’s selfie stick.

CNN’s Jim Acosta was mocked across social media on Thursday for posting a video that was meant to downplay President Trump’s claims of a border crisis — but ended up supporting his argument that border barriers improve security.

“Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about,” Acosta said while reporting from the southern border. “But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger.”

The CNN reporter added, “There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence.”

Acosta then declared there was “no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about” and it was “tranquil” near him. He captioned the video, “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

CNN’s chief White House correspondent – who seemingly uploaded the video from a local Burger King – is in Texas awaiting Trump’s border visit. While Acosta often clashes with the president and his aides, pundits suggested he did the president a favor this time.

Media watchdogs were quick to point out that the CNN reporter’s video helps prove Trump’s point that a wall or barrier along the Southern border could help prevent illegal border crossings.


“Jim Acosta just posted one of the biggest self owns ever,” social media strategist Caleb Hull responded. ‘He’s walking along the border where there’s a wall in place talking about how there’s nothing that ‘resembles a national emergency situation’ and ‘there’s no migrants trying to rush.’ That’s because there’s a wall, Jim.”

Others swiping at Acosta included one of his former CNN colleagues Peter Hamby.

Earlier this week,  White House adviser Kellyanne Conway scolded Acosta during a press gaggle, referring to him as a “smarta–” unliked by other reporters.


Acosta – who has emerged as a household name for grandstanding when Trump and members of his administration are made available to the press – has been praised by liberal comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel and even appeared in the most recent season of the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.”

Last year, Acosta was briefly banned from the White House after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.

Acosta’s press pass was restored on Nov. 19 after CNN argued that keeping him out of the White House violated the network and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.

Source: CNN’s Jim Acosta mocked for accidentally proving that border walls work

Joe Biden’s Brother Says Family Voted For Trump

Frank Biden, younger brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, ripped Hillary Clinton in a recent interview, saying the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate blew Pennsylvania and that many in his family didn’t even vote for her, opting to pull the lever for President Trump. Biden said his brother would have won his home state of Pennsylvania and would never have insulted more conservative voters as “deplorables.”

Source: Joe Biden’s Brother Says Family Voted For Trump

Joyce Meyer Allegedly Repents of Prosperity Teaching — Pulpit & Pen

Joyce Meyer is a lady pastor (1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Timothy 2:12) who holds to Little God Theology – or Kenyonism – and is also known as Word-Faith Theology. All of these are subsets of the so-called Prosperity Gospel, which teaches that Jesus’ atonement provides health, wealth, and prosperity to the believer. In a recent sermon from Meyer, she claims to have at one time let her prosperity teaching “get out of hand” but now has a much more balanced view of prosperity and suffering.

Charismatics are currently promoting the clip as evidence that Joyce Meyer is not a prosperity teacher. You can watch it below, or read the excerpts below that.

“[In] the Word and Faith movement back in the ’60s and the ’70s, [there was] lot of teaching in that about prosperity…I thank God for it. God touched my life back then in a powerful way because I knew I was saved by grace, but I didn’t know anything about using my faith for anything other than just salvation. Faith is something God gives you that you need to use and release in your life. It’s a powerful force, but it’s not just automatic. You put your trust in God. You put your faith in Him.”

Meyer continues…

“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I learned about faith, but it got out of balance. So every time somebody had a problem in their life, it was because they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick, you didn’t have enough faith. If your child died, you didn’t have enough faith. Well, that’s not right. There’s nowhere in the Bible where we’re promised that we’ll never have any trouble. I don’t care how much faith you’ve got. You’re not going to avoid ever having trouble in your life.”

While charismatics are claiming that Joyce has repented of prosperity teaching, she seems to be referring to her teaching in the 60s or perhaps decades ago, and doesn’t seem to be distancing herself from her most recent prosperity teachings that characterize her career in motivational speaking or the vast income, mansions, and the 23 thousand-dollar gold toilet her prosperity teaching has afforded her..

Joyce Meyer’s five-mansion compound.

[HT Charisma Mag]

via Joyce Meyer Allegedly Repents of Prosperity Teaching — Pulpit & Pen

Oprah Made Brazilian ‘Miracle Healer’ Named ‘John Of God’ A Celebrity, Now He Prepares To Go To Trial Over Rape And Sexual Assault Allegations — Now The End Begins

João Teixeira de Faria, known as “John of God,” was arrested in December, and faces accusations from dozens of women, who allege he sexually abused them while they were seeking spiritual guidance and treatment.

His given name is João Teixeira de Faria, and he is a phony faith healer from Brazil who goes by his stage name, John of God. He laboured in local obscurity for many years until being discovered by Oprah back in 2010, and became a celebrity after being featured on her ‘Next Chapter’ show. Oprah never misses a chance to present her New Age, all-is-one, “watch me while I pray to the Universe” non-Christian worldview.

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

João Teixeira de Faria is just another cog in the end times wheel of people who claim they can heal you in exchange for your money and/or sexual favors provided willing or, in this case, unwillingly. The Charismatic and Pentecostal churches in America are filled with these people. Anybody want a good deal on used angel feathers and gold-filled teeth?

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” 1 Peter 2:21 (KJV)

Christians in the Church Age are not promised a physical healing, and in fact, Peter says that we are called to walk in the steps of Jesus, who Himself was called to live a sacrificial life of service. We can pray and ask God to heal us or a loved one, but nothing in the Bible written to Church Age Christians guarantees that a healing will be given. Sometimes God heals us, and sometimes He allows us to live through it for His glory.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24 (KJV)

If you want signs, miracles and wonders you will have to wait for the time of Jacob’s trouble to start, but just two problems with that. First, if you are saved now, Paul says you will be removed in the Pretribulation Rapture, and two, the signs, miracles and wonders in the time of Jacob’s trouble are from the Antichrist.

Brazil ‘miracle’ healer, profiled by Oprah, to face rape trial

FROM REUTERS: On Wednesday, Rosângela Rodrigues dos Santos, a judge in Abadiânia, the small town in central Brazil where Faria’s spiritual center is located, accepted the charges brought against him by four women, and said he must face trial.

Prosecutors allege that Faria raped two of the women, and used fraudulent means to sexually abuse the other two. Faria, who became internationally famous when Winfrey broadcast a report on his psychic healing methods in 2013, has said he is innocent, and denied the accusations.

The first accusation was made on a TV Globo program in December by Dutch choreographer Zahira Maus, who said Faria sexually assaulted her. Globo TV spent three months investigating the story and interviewed a dozen other women who said they had been abused by the healer.

João Teixeira de Faria’s fame has been boosted by supposedly miraculous surgeries he claims to have performed with his hands and without anesthesia.

Oprah Winfrey said in a statement that she visited Faria’s center in 2012 to explore his controversial healing methods for an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired the following year, she said.

“I empathize with the women now coming forward and hope justice is served,” she said.

Prosecutors are still investigating other allegations against Faria, which could see the list of accusers grow. His lawyer, Alberto Zacharias Toron, said his client had not yet been notified of the court’s decision.

“We’re calm and believe justice will be served,” he said. READ MORE

Watch The Interview That Oprah Just Deleted

The cloud of smoke you saw coming from YouTube was Oprah’s staff rushing around to delete all the copies of her interview with John of God back in 2010 as she made him a global celebrity. Oops, looks like they missed one. Share it quick. 

Watch as Oprah and Colbert Have Some Fun Mocking God and Jesus

Last year on the Stephen Colbert show, Colbert discussed with guest Oprah Winfrey the possibility of her running for president in 2020. Winfrey famously said not too long ago that if she were to run for president, she would need a ‘sign from God’. So Colbert had “god” show up to discuss it.

via Oprah Made Brazilian ‘Miracle Healer’ Named ‘John Of God’ A Celebrity, Now He Prepares To Go To Trial Over Rape And Sexual Assault Allegations — Now The End Begins

‘It’s Unacceptable’: NRB Calls for Congressional Review of Tech Giants over Censorship of Conservatives, Christians — CBN News feeds

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is calling for a congressional hearing over censorship of Christians on social media from big tech companies like Facebook and Google.

The NRB sent a letter to eight senators and congressmen who lead key committees asking them for “Good Samaritan” protection, which is provided for in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law allows the government to protect individuals and companies from companies acting in bad faith.

“It is unacceptable for technology giants to discriminate by algorithmic bias or human will against users just because their viewpoints are not congruent with ideas popular in Silicon Valley,” Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of NRB, wrote in the letter.

According to NRB’s website, the organization launched its Internet Freedom Watch initiative at the end of 2017 to increase awareness of the online censorship problem for Christian and conservative viewpoints. NRB urged Congress to hold hearings after the launch of the initiative. They found success as multiple hearings were held over 2018, including a hearing with Facebook and Twitter executives.

The recent censorship of evangelist Franklin Graham for a Facebook post he made two years ago has prompted the NRB’s latest demand for a congressional review. Graham received a 24-hour ban for expressing his biblically based opinion on North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill.

“That the ban happened at all illustrates the pattern of censorship of Christian and conservative viewpoints by Facebook, which the company has failed to acknowledge and apologize for — a pattern shared by other big tech platforms,” Johnson stated in an NRB press release. “How many similar bans have happened to Christians without the profile of Graham who have never received their apology?”

The press release notes that Johnson first voiced the possibility of NRB calling for a review of Section 230 at a Silicon Valley technology conference. The NRB chief warned congressional action would be called for if the companies did not take the proper steps to ensure freedom of speech.

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) have already raised concerns regarding big tech companies’ ability to monitor and dictate user content on their platforms.

via ‘It’s Unacceptable’: NRB Calls for Congressional Review of Tech Giants over Censorship of Conservatives, Christians — CBN News feeds

President Trump to Liberal Media: “I’d Say 80% of You Are Possibly in Coordination with the Opposition Party” — He’s Right! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit


President Trump spoke with reporters on Thursday morning outside the White House before traveling to inspect the US southern border.

President Trump slammed the mainstream media for their complete bias against him and the American people.

Trump challenged them to go to the border and rent a helicopter.

President Trump: Look, look, you can all play cute. and I’d say 80% of you are possibly in coordination with the opposition party. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. All you have to do is look at the borders. Rent a helicopter, except you don’t want to know the truth. And by the way, here’s a story, there’s another major caravan forming.

Of course, Trump is right.

The liberal media was totally biased against him during the 2016 election.

The Media Research Center found 91% of the coverage of Trump in the weeks leading up to the election was “hostile” towards the Republican candidate.

A few of the “journalists” meeting offline with Hillary advisers

Thanks to Wikileaks we now know that at least 65 mainstream reporters were working closely with the Clinton campaign this election year. They were invited to top elitist dinners with Hillary Campaign Chairman John Podesta or Chief Campaign strategist Joel Benenson.


These 65 mainstream reporters CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED:

As previously reported— At least 38 top national reporters attended a different dinner at John Podesta’s house in April 2015.

The Clinton campaign sent out invites to New York reporters in April 2015 to their off-the-record meeting on how to sell Hillary Clinton to the public.

These 38 reporters should NEVER BE TRUSTED!

Via The Intercept:


Another group of 25 mainstream reporters were invited to a dinner at Jhn Podesta’s house on April 9.
This was a completely different list of reporters!

Here is the current RSVP list to the Thursday Night (4/9) dinner at
Podesta’s. As a reminder, this is with the 25 reporters more closely
following HRC (aka the future bus).

ABC – Liz Kreutz

AP – Julie Pace

AP – Ken Thomas

AP – Lisa Lerer

AURN – April Ryan

Bloomberg – Jennifer Epstein

Buzzfeed – Ruby Cramer

CBS – Steve Chagaris

CNBC – John Harwood

CNN – Dan Merica

Huffington Post – Amanda Terkel

NO (Panama)

LAT – Mike Memoli

LAT – Evan Handler

McClatchy – Anita Kumar

MSNBC – Alex Seitz-Wald

National Journal – Emily Schultheis

NBC – Mark Murray

NPR – Tamara Keith

NYT – Amy Chozik

NYT – Maggie Haberman

Politico – Annie Karni
Politico – Gabe Debenedetti

Reuters – Amanda Becker

The Hill – Amie Parnes

Washington Post – Anne Gearan

WSJ – Laura Meckler

WSJ – Peter Nicholas

WSJ – Colleen McCain Nelson

We also know that Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush was sending the Hillary campaign articles for their review before publishing.

We know CNBC and New York Times reporter John Harwood was working with the Clinton campaign to help Hillary.

At least 65 mainstream media reporters were chummy with the Hilla

via President Trump to Liberal Media: “I’d Say 80% of You Are Possibly in Coordination with the Opposition Party” — He’s Right! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Here’s A Picture Of All The Women Who Have No Access To Healthcare Due To A Planned Parenthood Clinic Closure — The Babylon Bee

In an exclusive investigative report, we’ve obtained the above picture of all the women who have no access to healthcare due to a local Planned Parenthood clinic closing.

via Here’s A Picture Of All The Women Who Have No Access To Healthcare Due To A Planned Parenthood Clinic Closure — The Babylon Bee

January 10, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Trump on Thursday said his expected trip to Davos, Switzerland, is still on the schedule, but if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues he will not go.

President Trump said on Thursday he was likely to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if he cannot reach an agreement with Congress to provide the money.

U.S. airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay warned that security and safety could be compromised if a government shutdown continues beyond Friday, when some workers will miss their first paychecks.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings plan to introduce legislation on Thursday aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for U.S. consumers.

About 1,000 furloughed federal workers have turned to online fundraising to help cover their expenses as a partial shutdown of the U.S. government drags on for nearly three weeks, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe.com said on Wednesday.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies, but without any money for President Trump’s border wall.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure allies that the United States remains committed to the Middle East despite President Trump’s plans to withdraw forces from Syria.

French companies have this week revealed some 60 million euros ($69 million) of lost business from anti-government protests rocking the country, which could augur badly for the likes of supermarket chains Casino and Carrefour.

Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter a hill temple in southern India are in hiding after threats by hardline Hindu groups.

Wall Street’s volatility has optimists betting that buybacks could provide the market with an even better buffer in 2019. But many strategists see the lift from buybacks – a major factor behind the bull market – losing some force as earnings growth slows while tax policy bonanzas fizzle out.

Ford said it will cut thousands of jobs, look at plant closures and discontinue loss-making vehicle lines as part of a turnaround effort aimed at achieving a 6 percent operating margin in Europe.

The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that could further ease concerns about the economy’s health. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended Jan. 5.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

A jihadist group dominated by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Thursday sealed its grip on northern Idlib, the last major rebel bastion, in a deal ending days of fighting with rival factions.

Iran will continue with its aerospace program despite U.S. warnings, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, adding there was no international law prohibiting such a program.

France’s most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

Syria’s Kurds on Wednesday said they had captured eight alleged foreign jihadists including an American teenager in fighting against the Islamic State group.

Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels took to shore 49 migrants who were kept in limbo on private rescue ships until the island nation reached a deal Wednesday for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members.

Colorado democrat Jared Polis` inauguration Tuesday marked history as he became the first openly gay U.S. governor.


A teacher in South Africa has been suspended “with immediate effect” after a photo emerged of her pupils sitting in racially separate groups.

A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed six soldiers. The drone exploded above a podium at al-Anad base, in the southern province of Lahj, where high-ranking officers and officials were watching a parade.

Four men have gone on trial in Berlin, accused of the notorious theft of a huge solid-gold coin from the German capital’s Bode Museum in 2017. The 220lb Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” was made of pure 24-carat gold and was worth $4.3m.

Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines. Western Australia is the nations only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes.

Iran has confirmed it is holding a US citizen, the first American detained in the Islamic Republic during the Trump presidency.


A study shows that President Trump’s southern border security wall would save American taxpayers far more than it would cost.

More than 100 children in eastern China have been given expired polio vaccines by a local health center, according to mainland media, just months after a public health scare over faulty products.

A restroom policy at Wright State University apparently allows for university members to use restrooms of the opposite sex with no questions asked. The university declined to comment on the specific nature of the rule.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

Traditional Masculinity Is ‘Harmful’ — Who Knew?

Leftists seek to destroy the very foundation of our cultural understanding of gender.

Shutdown Showdown Is a Barrier to the Wall

By leaving a meeting that was “a total waste of time,” Trump set down negotiation markers.

Democrats Embrace Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Senators Harris and Hirono demand that a judicial nominee leave the Knights of Columbus.

Good News on Cancer, Bad Prescription From Dems

U.S. cancer related deaths are down 27% since 1991. Dems’ “Medicare for All” could reverse gains.

Video: Students Hate Trump’s Immigration Quotes

Except none of these quotes are from Donald Trump; they’re from Democrats.

Concealed-Carrying Woman Kills Attempted Robber

A 19-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday morning while attempting to rob a woman in Chicago.

Pelosi’s MSM ‘Wrap-Up Smear’ Collusion Against Trump

It’s all about leftists’ unquenchable thirst for statist power, and for them, Americans outside the Beltway are just collateral damage in their quest.

Thursday Short Cuts

“The failure of Pelosi/Schumer to compromise w[ith] Trump on the wall is leading us to a bad place.” —Ari Fleischer

Thursday Top Headlines

Pelosi says “no,” Trump to border, California wildfire relief, oil export boom, First Amendment suit, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Trump Stands Strong
Victor Davis Hanson
The Ironies of Illegal Immigration
Cal Thomas
The Trump Speech and the Response
Edwin J. Feulner
Negotiating a No-Deal Brexit
R. Emmett Tyrrell
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faces Poverty’s Demise Worldwide

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

News – 1/10/2019

The ‘El Chapo’ solution would let Mexico pay for border wall
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which would reserve any amounts forfeited as a result of the prosecution of “El Chapo” (Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Fights Back Against Media, Defends Trump
Every single day, Tucker, we worked with the DEA and all components of DHS and we worked human trafficking cases, we worked drug cases and we worked gang cases.” He continued, “I would also say one last point is 127 border patrol agents have died. They didn’t die playing monopoly. They died, defending, being the front line defenders of our borders, trying to apprehend the 17,000 people, the bad people, that Secretary Nielsen mentioned. I wonder if you asked their families if this was a manufactured crisis.”

Louisiana police officer dies after being shot multiple times
A police officer in Shreveport, La., died Wednesday night after being shot at least four times, including at least once in the head, according to reports. The victim was Officer Chateri Payne, sources told the Shreveport Times, although police would not confirm the officer’s identity.

The NY Times: Palestinian propaganda or journalism?
The New York Times publishes many articles about the Palestinian Arabs, the Israelis and their shared animosity and conflicts. Over time, a pattern has emerged, the articles are devoid of any meaningful reference to Palestinian Arab terror organizations. Lacking candor, the reader will have to decide if they are legitimate journalism or merely a form of Palestinian propaganda.

Macron’s Yellow Vest Response Makes Putin Look Soft
Macron’s handouts to Yellow Vest protesters have damped the demonstrators’ fervor somewhat but failed to stop the regular eruptions of violence, so now Macron and his government have decided to wield a heavier stick. The new rules being proposed ought to raise some eyebrows: They’re tougher than the norms Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime uses to suppress political opposition.

Indonesia earthquake WARNING: Will earthquake trigger Krakatau volcano eruption
The current earthquake is taking place on the northwestern tip of Indonesia, off the coast of Aceh. Tremors were situated just off the coast, with magnitudes of 5.1 threatening repercussions to nearby land.

‘Give our blood’ Salvini to create POPULIST MOVEMENT of right-wing parties from ACROSS EU
MATTEO SALVINI has pledged to form a new alliance of right-wing populist parties led by Lega Nord in the European Parliament as he first heads to Poland to strengthen ties with the hardline Law and Justice (PiS) party. Mr Salvini hopes to make his new group, comprised of 130 seats, the second strongest party in the European Parliament. Mr Salvini wants to lay the foundation for a new alliance between PiS and Lega Nord on Wednesday in Warsaw – potentially kickstarting momentum for other nation states to join the populist uprising.

Report: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh cancels trip to Moscow
A trip to Moscow next week by the leader of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has been canceled… The Hamas leader had been expected to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Jan. 15. The Palestinian Authority notified the Kremlin in December of its opposition to Haniyeh’s visit, which Russian officials said was part of an effort to end the rift between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

Politicians warn Haifa: Don’t award terror apologist with job
Yisrael Beiteinu MK Oded Forer slammed the Haifa municipality on Thursday for a reported decision to appoint local Hadash party member Raja Za’atra to the city’s civic defense committee. “I guess the previous tempest didn’t help Haifa understand who is walking in their halls,” Forer said, “and they decided to give him the biggest prize a terror supporter can hope for: class A intel.”

Kim Jong-un leaves China with ‘backing for second Trump summit’
After his surprise visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left with backing for a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, state media said. Mr Trump and Mr Kim first met last June, but progress over denuclearisation has since stalled. Chinese President Xi Jinping said he hoped the two leaders “meet each other halfway”, Xinhua news agency reported.

Guatemala court blocks government’s bid to expel UN team
Guatemala’s constitutional court has suspended a decision by the government to kick out a UN body that was investigating the country’s president. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has been running for more than a decade. On Monday, politicians informed the body it had 24 hours to leave.

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base
A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials. One video showed a drone exploding above a podium where the officials were watching a military parade. It is not clear if any other drones hit the base. Sky News Arabia said army chief of staff Gen Abdullah al-Nakhi was hurt.

Trump walks out of shutdown talks with a ‘bye-bye’
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr Trump to call the meeting “a total waste of time”. Democrats again accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum”.

Mexico fuel shortage worries industry as lines in capital grow
Gasoline shortages in Mexico sparked by a crackdown on fuel theft prompted warnings from business leaders that industries like carmaking will suffer if the shortfalls persist as lines at gas stations in the capital grew on Wednesday. The drive to eradicate a crime that has deprived state coffers of billions of dollars is President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s first major move against chronic corruption since taking office on Dec. 1…

Republican House Increased Debt $7.9 Trillion in 8 Years
The recently deposed Republican majority increased the federal debt by $7.9 trillion in the eight years it controlled the House of Representatives. At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2011, the day before the Republicans took control of the House, the debt was $14,014,049,043,294.41, according to the Treasury. On Jan. 3, 2019, the last day before the Republicans turned control of the House back to the Democrats, the debt closed at $21,929,258,046,653.58.

‘Traditional masculinity’ deemed harmful, could lead to sexual harassment, medical group says
For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) released guidelines concerning men and boys, saying that so-called “traditional masculinity” not only is “harmful” but also could lead to homophobia and sexual harassment. “The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful,” reads the news release…

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car
As vehicles get smarter, your car will be keeping eyes on you. This week at CES, the international consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, a host of startup companies will demonstrate to global automakers how the sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and revenue opportunities in the future.

Venture capitalist: AI will displace 40 percent of world’s jobs in as soon as 15 years
In as soon as 15 years, 40 percent of the world’s jobs could be done by machines, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence. Kai Fu Lee, a pioneer in AI and venture capitalist based in China makes this prediction in a Scott Pelley report about AI on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.

Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’
Google and other search engines shouldn’t be forced to apply the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” beyond the bloc’s borders, an adviser to the EU’s top court argued Thursday. The recommendation—if followed by the EU’s Luxembourg-based Court of Justice—would be a major victory for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., which has for three years been fighting an order from France’s privacy regulator to apply the EU principle globally.

US: Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill
Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, signed in October 2017.

Meet The Mistress Who Will Cost Bezos $70 Billion
She has hosted several TV shows, and also runs her own aviation company…

Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected
Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown.

China says trade talks with U.S. set foundation to resolve concerns
Trade talks between China and the United States this week were extensive, and helped establish a foundation for the resolution of each others’ concerns, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday, but gave no details on the issues at stake.

China Car Sales Collapse: First Annual Drop In Over 20 Years
Retail sales of passenger vehicles in China fell a dramatic 19% on the year, while SUV retail sales also fell 18.9% – the first annual decline in over 20 years.

Bank Of England Boss: China’s Renminbi Will Rival The Dollar As Global Reserve Currency
“As the world re-orders, this disconnect between the real and financial is likely to reduce, and in the process other reserve currencies may emerge… such as the RMB.”

Vietnam Christians beaten, arrested for refusing to worship Buddha and renounce faith in Jesus
Several Hmong Christians were beaten and arrested by Vietnamese government officials after they refused to renounce their faith and worship a Buddha statue, a pastor has revealed.

China Bans One of the Ten Commandments as Part of ‘National Policy’
Chinese officials entered a church in recent weeks and ordered the removal of one of the Ten Commandments – the first one – In another example of the nation’s crackdown on Christianity.

China Activates “Ship Killer” Dong-Feng Missiles After US Navy Buzzes Disputed Islands
“We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security”

Obama-Appointed Judge Rules Rick Scott Violated Brenda Snipes’ Constitutional Rights With Suspension
Mark Walker, a Federal Judge appointed by Barack Obama, ruled Wednesday night that former Florida Governor and current Senator, Rick Scott violated Brenda Snipes’ Constitutional rights when he suspended her.

Headlines – 1/10/2019

Netanyahu seeking to meet with Trump two weeks before elections – report

62% of Israelis fear election hacking, but 73% are confidant country can cope

Russia denies it is planning to interfere in Israeli elections

Israel said urging Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing over fears of fresh violence

Police raid settlement yeshiva, summon 80 teens in deadly Jewish terror probe

‘Death to Arabs’ painted, Palestinian olive trees chopped down in West Bank

Evangelical leaders slam Airbnb’s ‘discriminatory’ boycott of Jewish properties in West Bank

Muslim Group Sues State of Maryland Over Boycott Israel Law

Israeli Startups Raised Record Capital in 2018 Amid Gathering Clouds for Global Tech

Israeli Drones to Be Used to Aid Brazilian Agriculture After Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Shin Bet chief said to warn Chinese investment in Israel poses security threat

In Arab world, belief prevails that Trump will recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Russia blames US for Iranian presence near Israeli border

Iran’s supreme leader calls US officials ‘idiots,’ but hints sanctions hurting

Iran confirms it has detained US navy veteran Michael White adding pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the US

New Information Links Huawei to Front Companies That Operated in Iran and Syria

War of words: Israel, Turkey on collision course

Turkey and the Kurds turn to Russia to solve problems sparked by U.S. exit from Syria

Turkey says it will launch Syria offensive against Kurds if US delays pullout

Pompeo: Erdogan threats against Kurds will not stop Syria withdrawal

Pompeo meets with Iraqi leaders during unannounced stop in Baghdad

Bid to launch ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia backfires, kills 15 Houthis

Afghanistan peace talks in doubt after Taliban’s abrupt walkout

China’s Xi nudges N. Korea, US to meet half way as second summit planned

Kim Jong Un hopes second summit with Trump will achieve results ‘welcomed by the international community’

As Venezuela falls apart, Maduro poised for six more years as president

Mexico finds 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, near U.S. border

Tuberculosis, flu, infections rampant as the number of sick migrants surge at border

Evangelical Pastor Defends Trump’s Border Plan: ‘Heaven Itself Is Gonna Have A Wall’

Trump storms out of meeting with Democrats on border wall funding

Trump still considering emergency declaration for border crisis

Each illegal immigrant costs US $82G, conservative think tank claims

Crash safety to craft beer: Shutdown impacts Americans in surprising ways

FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown

Prospective homebuyers derailed by the government shutdown

The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck

Billionaire Steyer won’t run for US president, will focus on impeaching Trump

Republican House Increased Debt $7.9 Trillion in 8 Years

Venture capitalist: AI will displace 40 percent of world’s jobs in as soon as 15 years

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Meulaboh, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Napu, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Rare snowfall blankets Athens as temperatures across Greece hit record lows

Israel sees record snowfall as stormy weather reaches peak

‘The sea has come to us:’ Syrian refugees hardest hit in ‘worst storm’ to hit Lebanon

Eight-year-old girl dies as devastating storm piles misery on Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Saudi authorities take action after locust swarm hits Mecca’s Great Mosque

Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations

New abortion-related fight in Kentucky heats up over fetal heartbeats

‘Traditional masculinity’ deemed harmful, could lead to sexual harassment, medical group says

Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar

Colorado’s Jared Polis Makes History, Sworn in as First Gay Governor

Israeli doctors ban gay conversion therapy as risks ‘mental damage’

Brazil ‘miracle’ healer, profiled by Oprah, to face rape trial

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Millennial Pastor (Andy Stanley) Seeking to be Relevant Becomes Irrelevant

Joyce Meyer admits her views on prosperity, faith were ‘out of balance’ – but doesn’t renounce prosperity gospel

Why the Prosperity Gospel is so poisonous

LGBT Activists Destroy Church Sign that Said ‘Bruce Jenner is a Man’

133 Abortion Clinics Kill Babies After 20 Weeks, 5 Abortion Clinics Kill Babies Up to Birth

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January 10, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

the consequence with ourselves: singing

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; (5:19)

The Spirit-filled life produces music. Whether he has a good voice or cannot carry a tune, the Spirit-filled Christian is a singing Christian. Nothing is more indicative of a fulfilled life, a contented soul, and a happy heart than the expression of song.

The first consequence of the Spirit-filled life that Paul mentioned was not mountain-moving faith, an ecstatic spiritual experience, dynamic speaking ability, or any other such thing. It was simply a heart that sings. When the believer walks in the Spirit, he has an inside joy that manifests itself in music. God puts music in the souls and then on the lips of His children who walk in obedience.

When missionaries began evangelistic work among an Indian tribe I visited high in the Andes of Ecuador, they were frustrated for many years by lack of results. Suddenly the Spirit of God began to move and a large number of Indians were converted within a short time. In addition to a hunger for God’s Word, one of the first evidences of their new life in Christ was a great desire to sing His praises. I listened as they stood for hours in their thatched-roof church and sang hymn after hymn. The song from their hearts was the most inescapable characteristic that set those believers apart from everyone else in their pagan village.

The Spirit’s music is not hindered by a monotone or enhanced by a musical degree or magnificent voice. Spiritual joy will shine through a song sung with the raspy, off-pitch voice of a saint who is rejoicing in the Lord, and it will be absent from the song sung with technical skill and accuracy, but with a voice that rejoices only in self.

One of the greatest distinctions of Christianity should be in its music, because the music God gives is not the music the world gives. In Scripture, the word new is used more frequently in relation to song than to any other feature of salvation. God gives His new creatures a new song, a different song, a distinctive song, a purer song, and a more beautiful song than anything the world can produce.

“Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones,” says the psalmist; “praise is becoming to the upright” (Ps. 33:1). It is because we have been made righteous, purified from sin, and have become partakers of God’s own holiness that we sing. No one but a Christian has any legitimate reason to sing. God Himself puts a song in our mouths, “a song of praise to our God” (Ps. 40:3). Because we have salvation we sing songs of salvation. “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day” (Ps. 96:1–2; cf. 149:1).

One day the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders will fall down before Jesus Christ, the Lamb, and sing “a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:8–9). God’s new song is the song of redemption.

When God delivered Israel out of Egypt, all the people came together and sang a song to the Lord (Ex. 15:1–18). After they finished, Moses’ sister, Miriam, led the women in further singing and dancing (vv. 20–21). After Deborah and Barak delivered Israel from the Canaanites, they “sang on that day” (Judg. 5:1). Of the 38,000 people who ministered at the Temple in Jerusalem, 4,000 were musicians; and in Nehemiah we read of antiphonal choirs (Neh. 12:31, 38). Throughout the Old Testament, and particularly in the Psalms, we read of many kinds of musical instruments that God’s people used to praise Him.

The last thing Jesus and His disciples did after the Last Supper was to sing a hymn before they went out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested (Matt. 26:30). While they were imprisoned in Philippi, “about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). On the heavenly Mount Zion the 144,000 who will have been purchased from the earth will sing “a new song before the throne” of Christ (Rev. 14:3).

In Ephesians 5:19 Paul explains among whom, from where, with what, to whom, and how Spirit-filled believers are to sing.

Among whom do believers sing? The primary audience for our singing is to be fellow believers, one another. Throughout Scripture the singing of God’s people is shown to be within the fellowship of believers. No music in the Bible is ever characterized as being or intended to be evangelistic. God may use the gospel content set to music to bring the truth to the lost and thus lead them to Himself. Since the message is so powerful, the open heart may receive it even though it comes with a melody. But that is not the intent for music, and when emotions are played on without a clear or complete presentation of God’s truth to the mind, such music can be counterproductive by producing a feeling of well-being and contentment that is a counterfeit of God’s peace and that serves to further insulate an unbeliever from the saving gospel.

It should be noted that the many contemporary entertainers who think they are using their rock-style music to evangelize the lost are often doing nothing more than contributing to the weakening of the church. Evangelizing with contemporary music has many serious flaws. It tends to create pride in the musicians rather than humility. It makes the gospel a matter of entertainment when there is not one thing in it that is at all entertaining. It makes the public proclaimers of Christianity those who are popular and talented in the world’s eyes, rather than those who are godly and gifted teachers of God’s truth. In using the world’s genres of music, it blurs the gap between worldly Satanic values and divine ones. It tends to deny the power of the simple gospel and the sovereign saving work of the Holy Spirit. It creates a wide generation gap in the church, thus contributing to the disunity and lack of intimacy in the fellowship of all believers. It leads to the propagation of bad or weak theology and drags the name of the Lord down to the level of the world. The music of the gospel is certainly not a legitimate means for making money or seeking fame, and it must never be allowed to cheapen what is priceless, or trivialize what is profound.

The songs of faith are not for the world to sing or really even to hear. The unsaved person has no comprehension of the praises we sing, because he has no presence of God’s Spirit within him. He cannot sing the song of redemption because he is not redeemed. Christian singing is an expression of individual and corporate worship, of celebrating life together in Jesus Christ.

For over a thousand dark years of its history (c. 500–1500) the church in general did not sing. From shortly after New Testament times until the Reformation, what music the church had was usually performed by professional musicians. The music they presented could not be understood or appreciated by the average church member. In any case, they could only sit and listen, unable to participate. But when the Bible came back into the church during the Reformation, singing came with it. Martin Luther and some of the other Reformation leaders are among the greatest hymn writers of church history. Where the true gospel is known and believed, music is loved and sung. God’s Spirit in the heart puts music in the heart.

How do believers sing? When they are filled with the Spirit, they are to be speaking … in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody. Speaking comes from laleō, is an onomatopoeic word that originated from chatter or babble, probably of little children first learning to talk, saying sounds such as “la, la, la.” It was also used of the chirp of birds or the grunts and other noises of animals. In its most basic sense, the term simply meant to make a sound.

Trumpets (Rev. 4:1) and even peals of thunder (10:4) are said to be speaking. The psalmist called God’s people to join all the earth in shouting “joyfully to God” (Ps. 66:1). Speaking here includes any sound offered to God from a Spirit-filled heart. The music from an organ or choir is no more acceptable to God than the sounds of a guitar or home-made flute. The sound that pleases Him is the sound that comes as a result of a heart submissive to His Spirit and that sings or plays to His glory.

Psalms refers primarily to the Old Testament psalms put to music, but the term was also used of vocal music of any sort, such as solos and anthems. The early church did most of its singing directly from the psaltery, using various tunes familiar to the congregation—a pattern followed for hundreds of years by many European and American churches, and still used in some congregations today. The psalms primarily speak about the nature and work of God, especially in the lives of believers. Above everything else, they magnify and glorify God.

Hymns refers primarily to songs of praise, which in the early church were probably distinguished from the psalms, which exalted God, in that they specifically praised the Lord Jesus Christ. Many biblical scholars believe that various New Testament passages (such as Col. 1:12–16) were used as hymns in the early church. Spiritual songs were probably songs of testimony that covered a broad category that included any music expressing spiritual truth.

In the church today we could classify renditions of Psalms 23 and 84 as psalms, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “The Old Rugged Cross” as hymns, and “O How He Loves You and Me” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus” as spiritual songs. The intent of the writer here, however, is simply to give latitude for all kinds of musical expression to exalt the Lord.

Singing is from adō, which simply means to sing with the voice. But in the New Testament it is always used in relation to praising God (see also Col. 3:16; Rev. 5:9; 14:3; 15:3).

The human voice is the most beautiful of all instruments. Its various tones, inflections, and moods seem almost limitless. Because it is itself human, it can speak to us as no other form of music.

Yet the sound God is looking for in His children is the sound made out of a Spirit-filled heart—whether the voice that makes the sound is rough and unpolished or smooth and highly trained. That is why every believer is just as capable as any other believer of singing the praises that God puts in his heart.

The gift of a good voice or of other musical talent does not demand, as many argue, that it should necessarily be used for performing special music in the church. The gift of music no more demands public display than does the gift of carpentry, cooking, medicine, or any other. That which is done to glorify God is done for that purpose alone, and its being noticed or unnoticed is secondary and incidental. Whether we sing alone in our home or car, sing with a few friends around the piano or with guitars, or sing in a large choir leading hundreds of people in worship, we should do it from a Spirit-filled heart that seeks no glory but God’s.

Psallo (making melody) is related to the term from which we get psalm and literally means to pluck on a stringed instrument, particularly a harp, with the fingers. The word, however, came to represent the making of any instrumental music. The Spirit-filled heart expresses itself in any sort of vocal or instrumental music, in both singing and making melody.

Much music in the church today truly honors God and blesses those who hear it. And whether given as psalms about God’s greatness, as hymns of Christ’s redemption, or as spiritual songs of testimony of God’s power, help, or comfort, such music is to be an expression of the Spirit-filled church. Whether given through the voice in singing or through instruments in making melody, that is the music that honors, glorifies, and pleases God.

Our Lord Himself will sing one day, and in our very midst. He said to His Father, “I will proclaim Thy name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Thy praise” (Heb. 2:12). But even now, when our hearts are filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus sings songs of praise to the Father through us. Therefore when we quench the Spirit, we quench the song of Christ to the Father in our life.

From where do believers sing? The songs of salvation originate with your heart. The Greek form of this phrase allows for several meanings. There is no preposition here in the Greek, and in such cases the preposition is determined by the case of the noun—which here has several possibilities, all of which seem appropriate to the context. If the case of heart is taken as an instrumental of cause, the idea is that our hearts cause us to sing and make melody to God. As an instrumental of means, the idea is that our hearts are the channels through which we sing praises. As a locative, the idea is that the singing is centered in our hearts.

A person who does not have a song in his heart cannot sing from his heart or with his heart. He can only sing with his lips, and neither his music nor his message will have the power of the Spirit to bless others in Christ’s name.

Even as Christians we will not have a true song in our hearts unless we are under the Spirit’s control. It is possible to sing for pride, to sing for acclaim and fame, and to sing for money—but such singing is Spiritless singing. A person who comes to worship while bitter toward God, angry with a loved one or friend, or in any other way is out of harmony with God’s Spirit should not participate in singing God’s praises. Hypocrisy can neither praise nor please the Lord. When peoples’ hearts are not right with God, He has a way of turning their “festivals into mourning” and their “songs into lamentation” (Amos 8:10). Through the same prophet God said, “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream” (5:23–24). “Stop your songs until your hearts are right,” he was saying.

Our music cannot be like the music of the world, because our God is not like their gods. Most of the world’s music reflects the world’s ways, the world’s standards, the world’s attitudes, the world’s gods. To attempt to use such music to reach the world is to lower the gospel in order to spread the gospel. If the world hears that our music is not much different from theirs, it will also be inclined to believe that the Christian way of life is not much different from theirs. Christians cannot honestly sing the world’s philosophies nor can the world honestly sing the Christian’s message, because they sing from utterly different hearts. The Christian’s heart and music belong to God and His righteousness, while the world’s heart and music belong to Satan and his unrighteousness.

Because the Christian’s music is God’s music, it will be sung in heaven throughout all the ages to come. And because the world’s music is Satan’s music, it will one day cease, never to be heard again. The sounds of the world’s “harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard … any longer” (Rev. 18:22). To those who make music that is not His, God declares, “I will silence the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps will be heard no more” (Ezek. 26:13). In hell, the ungodly will not even have their own music.

The pulsating rhythms of native African music mimics the restless, superstitious passions of their culture and religion. The music of the Orient is dissonant and unresolved, going from nowhere to nowhere, with no beginning and no end—just as their religions go from cycle to cycle in endless repetitions of meaningless existence. Their music, like their destiny, is without resolution. The music of much of the Western world is the music of seduction and suggestiveness, a musical counterpart of the immoral, lustful society that produces, sings, and enjoys it.

Rock music, with its bombastic atonality and dissonance, is the musical mirror of the hopeless, standardless, purposeless philosophy that rejects both God and reason and floats without orientation in a sea of relativity and unrestrained self-expression. The music has no logical progression because it comes from a philosophy that renounces logic. It violates the brain because its philosophy violates reason. It violates the spirit, because its philosophy violates truth and goodness. And it violates God, because its philosophy violates all authority outside of self.

Not only the titles and lyrics of many rock songs but the names of many rock groups shamelessly flaunt a godless, immoral, and often demonic orientation. The association of hard rock with violence, blasphemy, sadomasochism, sexual immorality and perversion, alcohol and drugs, and Eastern mysticism and the occult are not accidental. They are fed from the same ungodly stream. A leading rock singer once said, “Rock has always been the devil’s music. It lets in the baser elements.” Another testified, “I find myself evil. I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either to get things done.” Putting a Christian message in such musical form does not elevate the form but degrades the message to the level already established in the culture by that form.

A great majority of young people in modern Western society are continually assaulted with a philosophy set to music that simultaneously destroys their bodies, short-circuits their minds, and perverts their spirits. A young man who was converted out of that involvement once said to me, “Whenever I hear rock music, I feel a tremendous urge to get drunk or go back on drugs.” The association was so strong that simply hearing the music triggered his old addictions.

Many of the physical and emotional effects of rock music can be demonstrated scientifically. Howard Hansen of the Eastman School of Music once wrote, “First, everything else being equal, the further the tempo is accelerated in music from the pulse rate toward the upper limit of practical tempo, the greater becomes the emotional tension.” He says further that “as long as the subdivisions of the metric units are regular and the accents remain strictly in conformity with the basic patterns, the effect may be accelerated but will not be disturbing. Rhythmic tension is heightened by increase in dynamic power.”

Several years ago a college in Colorado made a study of the effects of music on plants. Plants exposed to beautiful, soothing music thrived and turned toward the speaker. In an otherwise identical environment, another group of the same type of plant was exposed to acid rock. Those plants turned away from the speaker and within three days had shriveled and died. Further experimentation proved that the sound waves of the rock music had actually destroyed the plants’ cells.

Whether or not human cells are destroyed by rock music, things of even greater value are destroyed. When fast tempo, unrhythmical beat, high volume, and dissonance are coupled with wild shrieks, blasphemous and lewd lyrics, and suggestive body movements, the brain is bypassed, the emotions are mangled, the conscience is hardened, and Satan has an open door. Even the ancient pagan Aristotle wisely observed: “Music represents the passions of the soul, and if one listens to the wrong music he will become the wrong kind of person.”

Scripture’s admonition that “all things be done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Cor. 14:40) applies to music as well as to everything else. God created an orderly universe, and anything that is confused and disorderly is out of harmony with the universe and with its Maker. “Watch over your heart with diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov. 4:23). Paul commanded believers: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

The Spirit-filled Christian is happy, peaceful, assured, and productive regardless of the circumstances. Whether he is freely worshiping among fellow believers on Sunday morning or sitting in painful stocks in a dungeon at midnight like Paul and Silas (Acts 16:24–25), his heart will always be singing and making melody.

In his great allegory Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan pictured the pilgrim, Christian, falling into the slough of despond, straying into doubting castle, and enduring many other hardships, frustrations, and failures. And though the expression “filled with the Spirit” is not used in the story, each time Christian is delivered we see him going on his way singing. Every time he came back under the Spirit’s control he had a song in his heart.

To whom do believers sing? Although believers sing among themselves, their songs are to be directed to the Lord. Our singing and making melody is not for the purpose of drawing attention to ourselves or of entertaining others but of rejoicing in and praising God. Whether we are singing a solo, singing with a choir, or singing with the congregation, our focus should be on the Lord, not on ourselves or other people. He is the audience to whom we sing.

At the dedication of the first Temple, “all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord” (2 Chron. 5:12–13). Because the Lord was pleased with their heart-felt and harmonious worship, “the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (vv. 13–14). It should be the heart desire of all Christians that their praise of God in music, and in every other way, be “in unison” and that they “make themselves heard with one voice to praise and glorify the Lord”—because that is the only way God’s people can acceptably praise and glorify Him.

Johann Sebastian Bach, probably the greatest musician of all time, said, “The aim of all music is the glory of God.” In his own life and work the great composer and organist sought to live out that aim, and through the music he dedicated solely to God countless generations of believers have been blessed.

The words of every Christian song should be biblical—distinctly, clearly, and accurately reflecting the teaching of God’s Word. It is tragic that much music that goes under the name of Christian is a theological mishmash, often reflecting as much of the world’s philosophy as of God’s truth. Much is little more than personal sentimentality colored with Christian words.

Music that honors the Lord also blesses his people. A beautiful, soothing piece of music can calm nerves, remove fear and anxiety, reduce bitterness and anger, and help turn our attention from ourselves and the cares and problems of the world to God.

David not only was a man of God but a skillful musician. We are told that “whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him” (1 Sam. 16:23). The music blessed Saul emotionally (he was “refreshed”), physically (he was made “well”), and spiritually (“the evil spirit would depart from him”).

Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century physicians often prescribed music for mentally disturbed patients. They even recommended certain types of music to treat certain types of disorders. Music does have “charms to soothe a savage breast.” Working from a more scientific basis, modern behaviorists have proved those ideas to be sound. They have determined what kind of music makes a person more relaxed in a dentist’s chair, what kind helps production in an office or assembly plant, what kind helps reduce impatience in an elevator, and so on. Music has been found to affect the muscles, nerves, and the flow of body fluids, including blood, saliva, and lymph. It can influence metabolism, heart rate, and pulse for either benefit or harm.

It is not possible to submit the spiritual effects of music to scientific testing, but it is beyond question that music that focuses the heart on praising God can help heal the spiritual ills of His people.[1]

(5:19). Seemingly entering right into the heart of contemporary worship discussions, Paul exhorts us to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19a). The instruction first endorses gathering our expressions of worship from numerous sources: the psalms of the Old Testament; hymns (i.e., the songs of the New Testament church, presumably such as the one he has just quoted in verse 8); and spiritual songs (i.e., personal songs of the heart that in this Spirit-filling context are apparently an expression of the Spirit’s ministry in the individual). But these worship expressions are not simply for the individual. The musical expression of the church involves “speaking to one another.” In contrast to some contemporary teaching that says that our worship is to be directed entirely to God, Paul presumes that there is a horizontal dimension to our worship. In praising God we consciously should be directing our worship to the edification of others. As Christ ministers to others by extending himself for them, when we worship with the needs of others as our concern, then we are ministering Christ and consequently being filled with his indwelling Spirit.

But the music of our worship is not exclusively a horizontal ministry. To be filled with the Spirit, Paul also says, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19b). Our worship is not to be merely formulaic and perfunctory, but a true expression from the heart of our love for God. We are singing to the Lord. We are honoring him in our worship. He is the audience and object of our praise and, thus, we are filled with his Spirit in our worship. This understanding of being filled with God’s Spirit in worship, however, creates an additional glorious perspective of our privileged vessels. Since in true worship we are filled with the Spirit, our God is both the audience and the voice of our praise. We are the instrument by which God becomes present in praise to himself, a concept that brings rich meaning to the psalmist’s observation that God inhabits the praise of his people (Ps. 22:3 KJV). This realization that we are generating the voice of God for the praise of God in our worship makes our praise more glorious than we normally imagine, and should give our sinful hearts much hope in the realization of the spiritual power by which he can use us to praise him as well as speak to his people.

The power of praise both to glorify God and to minister to his people recently shined brilliantly in our town. We faced the tragic and, as yet, unexplained death of a dear young woman. Her college and high school friends packed the largest church in our town for her funeral. During the service a young couple sang to us of their abiding faith through the words of a contemporary song: “the valley of the shadow will lead to the river of joy.” As the couple sang, a row of the deceased woman’s friends rose from their seats at the front of the church and stood together as a stirring affirmation that this song was their faith, too. At one point, one of these young women even raised her fist as if to say in defiance of death, “We will not let even this darkness conquer the light of our faith or the testimony of our friend who is now with the Lord.”

I wept then at their courage and faith made so evident, knowing that the young people who joined in the presentation of that song were speaking to the rest of us of the beauty of faith and, at the same time, were praising God for the eternal promises that made their faith so precious. But the young friends were not the only ones speaking and singing. As they spoke to us and sang to God, they were being filled with God’s Spirit, so that he himself was ministering to us and glorifying his name. One glory reflected a greater glory, as our God filled the praises of these young people to speak comfort to the rest of us and to make his name great so that we would all know the light of heaven that we so desperately needed in the darkness of that tragedy.[2]

19. To psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs. These are truly pleasant and delightful fruits. The Spirit means “joy in the Holy Ghost,” (Rom. 14:17;) and the exhortation, be ye filled, (ver. 18,) alludes to deep drinking, with which it is indirectly contrasted. Speaking to themselves, is speaking among themselves. Nor does he enjoin them to sing inwardly or alone; for he immediately adds, singing in your hearts; as if he had said, “Let your praises be not merely on the tongue, as hypocrites do, but from the heart.” What may be the exact difference between psalms and hymns, or between hymns and songs, it is not easy to determine, though a few remarks on this subject shall be offered on a future occasion. The appellation spiritual, given to these songs, is strikingly appropriate; for the songs most frequently used are almost always on trifling subjects, and very far from being chaste.[3] 19 Following and grammatically dependent on the finite verb “be filled” is a series of participles (continuing through v. 21). Several versions (e.g., NIV, NJB, NLT) render each participial phrase as a new sentence, while the NASB and NRSV preserve the grammatical form. Precisely what nuance do these adverbial participles convey? Though some understand this in an instrumental sense (we are filled with the Spirit by means of doing the following actions), I think “result” better captures Paul’s uses of the participles. When believers allow God’s Spirit to fill them with God’s fullness, as a result they will engage in these behaviors. God’s Spirit will enable his people to become praising, grateful, and submissive people. We must note here also, in keeping with this entire section, that the results are corporately experienced.

First, the Spirit’s filling results in musical worship, literally, “continually speaking to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Here is the horizontal dimension of worship: it is speaking “to one another,” affirming in the congregation God’s mighty acts and his presence. Can we distinguish among these three types of speaking? “Psalms” in the NT refers to both the OT book of Psalms (Lk 20:42; 24:44; Ac 1:20; 13:33) and Christian songs of praise, often translated “hymns” in English versions (1 Co 14:26). “Hymns” refers to religious songs or songs of praise (used only here and in Col 3:16). “Songs,” described here as “spiritual,” denotes sacred songs (cf. Rev 5:9; 14:3; 15:3); more pointedly, “spiritual songs” are generated by the Holy Spirit. All in all, the three terms are roughly synonymous for Christian songs of praise to God, incorporating, as seems natural, appropriate entries from the OT Psalter. We have no warrant to limit this singing either to preexisting songs or to spontaneous ones composed on the spot under the inspiration of the Spirit; both are probably in view.

Paul adds two parallel participles that virtually repeat what he has said, though with an important qualification as to how believers ought to engage in such singing. Such “singing” (cf. Rev 5:8–9; 14:2–3; 15:2–3) and “praising” (NIV, “make music”; the word psallō, GK 6010, means “to sing songs of praise”; cf. Ro 15:9; 1 Co 14:15; Jas 5:13) must be performed “in your heart to the Lord.” The “heart” must be engaged. Singing that results from the filling of the Spirit will engage the core of the singers’ beings—their essential inner selves (see commentary on “heart,” 1:18). Singing will involve the worshipers’ minds, they will be fully engaged, and they will sing with conviction.

Paul also affirms the vertical dimension of worship. Spirit-filled music is made “to the Lord,” as though Christ is the audience—certainly the object of the singers’ devotion. Spiritual music leads the congregation to the worship of Christ as Lord; its goal is not to entertain the saints. If church music does not meet these qualifications—edifying each other and honoring the Lord—it is not spiritual music and risks being harmful if it replaces a counterfeit for the genuine.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1986). Ephesians (pp. 256–263). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Chapell, B. (2009). Ephesians. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 263–265). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (pp. 315–316). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 144–145). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

January 10 Covered by a New Covenant

scripture reading: Luke 22:15–20
key verses: Hebrews 10:19–20

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.

The word testament—as used in the biblical Old and New Testaments—originates from the Greek word for covenant. According to Bible professor Charles Ryrie, “The word covenant meant an arrangement made by one party which the other party involved could accept or reject but not alter.”

The primary basis for the old covenant was the Mosaic Law. The sole basis for God’s new arrangement in dealing with sinful human beings is the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The elements we reverently share at the Lord’s Table are visual and tangible reminders that the forgiveness of God has been extended to us at a tremendous price: the spilled blood and bruised body of Jesus Christ. The blood and body of Jesus were the supreme sacrifice for sin, which was the only one that God, in His holy justice, could accept.

Since Jesus laid down His life for your sins, you now can receive God’s new covenant of forgiveness. You can have peace with God because the blood of Jesus has cleansed you from all of your sin. The next time you hold the cup and bread in your hands, remember that all of the grace, love, mercy, and hope of God is now yours because of the agony experienced by Jesus on the cross.

Father, I receive the new covenant of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I believe His blood has cleansed me from all sin. Thank You for the new covenant, which cannot be altered![1]

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

10 january (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Paul’s sermon before Felix

“And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” Acts 24:25

suggested further reading: Acts 17:30–18:1

Felix, unhappy Felix! why is it that thou dost rise from thy judgment-seat? Is it that thou hast much business to do? Stop, Felix; let Paul speak to thee a minute longer. Thou hast business; but hast thou no business for thy soul? Stop, unhappy man! Art thou about again to be extortionate, again to make thy personal riches greater? Oh! stop: canst thou not spare another minute for thy poor soul? It is to live for ever: hast thou nought laid up for it—no hope in heaven, no blood of Christ, no pardon of sin, no sanctifying Spirit, no imputed righteousness? Ah! man, there will be a time when the business that seems so important to thee will prove to have been but a day-dream, a poor substitute for the solid realities thou hast forgotten. Dost thou reply, “Nay, the king has sent me an urgent commission; I must attend to Caesar.” Ah! Felix, but thou has a greater monarch than Caesar, there is one who is Emperor of heaven and Lord of earth: canst thou spare no time to attend to his commands? Before his presence Caesar is but a worm. Man! wilt thou obey the one, and wilt thou despise the other? Ah! no; I know what thou durst not say. Felix, thou art turning aside again to indulge in thy lascivious pleasures. Go, and Drusilla with thee! But stop! Darest thou do that, with that last word ringing in thy ears, “Judgment to come?” What! Wilt thou repeat that wanton dalliance that hath damned thee already, and wilt thou go again to stain thy hands in lust, and doubly damn thy spirit, after warnings heard and felt? O man! I could weep o’er thee.

for meditation: When you hear the Word of God preached, do you get impatient for the sermon to finish and forget about it as soon as you can? That can be a very dangerous habit. We need to act upon it there and then—receive, remember, repent (Revelation 3:3; Luke 8:18).

sermon no. 171[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 17). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Tim Keller: The Antinomian Part 2 | Bible Thumping Wingnut

Evidence of Keller’s disdain for God’s law was clearly presented in the last post, as well as other previous articles in this series. He has mastered the art of undermining God’s law while simultaneously appearing to be committed to truth: “For certain men have crept in unawares…” Jude 1:4. The undeniable foundation of Keller’s antinomianism begins with his redefinition of sin; Keller refers to it as a “better” definition, whereby he completely omits God’s law. Dr. Paul M. Elliott sums it up perfectly:

“In his writings and teachings, Keller avoids the word “sin” and rejects the Biblical definition of the term. In fact, one of the chapters in Keller’s book The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith is titled “Redefining Sin”. In an interview for USA Today Keller explained his position:”

When Keller, author of The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, speaks about “sin” to his audiences, which are 70% single and younger than 40, “I use it with lots and lots of explanation, because the word is essentially obsolete.” They do get the idea of branding, of taking a word or term and filling it with your own content, so I have to rebrand the word ‘sin,’ ” Keller says. “Around here [in his Redeemer Network churches] it means self-centeredness, the acorn from which it all grows. Individually, that means ‘I live for myself, for my own glory and happiness, and I’ll work for your happiness if it helps me.’ Communally, self-centeredness is destroying peace and justice in the world, tearing the net of interwovenness, the fabric of humanity.” 

“Is this how the Bible speaks of sin? Can any true preacher of the Gospel dare to “rebrand” the word ‘sin’? Never! Is sin merely, as Keller puts it, “I live for myself, for my own glory and happiness, and I’ll work for your happiness if it helps me”? Is sin merely “self-centeredness [that] is destroying peace and justice in the world, tearing the net of interwovenness, the fabric of humanity”? No. Scripture defines sin as any lack of conformity to, or violation of, the law of God (1 John 3:4, Romans 4:15). As such, it is the most serious problem in the universe. Sin isn’t merely an offense against God’s law, which emanates from the holiness of God. That is bad enough. Beyond that, sin is an offense against God the Lawgiver Himself!”  (Exodus 32:33, Deuteronomy 32:51, Psalm 51:4). http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?view=post&blogid=5449&articleid=77114

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Keller titled “Religion-less Spirituality.” He begins with a shout-out to atheists’ Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche for their “powerful critiques of religion” (devilish rants TB) followed by an edict to the church that we must heed the warnings of these philosophical giants (iniquitous fools TB) because their worthy assessments (vile ramblings TB) of Christianity have “a ring of truth” and are the reason many people “seeking spirituality will reject religion.”  But scripture tears down Keller’s unbiblical nonsense and reveals the real reason people reject God:

“And this is the verdict: The light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light for fear his evil deeds will be exposed.” John 3: 19-20

Amen. Man loves his sin and therefore hates God’s law. This is why people “reject religion.”

Tim Keller’s lawless teachings are further exposed in the below statements from the article:

“Even more than Freud, Jesus condemned self-justification through moral performance, at one point claiming that religion was more spiritually dangerous than overt immorality…”

Jesus: “The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Matthew 23:2-3,15)

Freud: “Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever. I regard myself as one of the most dangerous enemies of religion.”

Christ condemned hypocrisy, not true religion that expresses itself in humble obedience. On the contrary, Christ demands obedience from his people. There is no likeness or commonality regarding religion between Freud and Christ.

“Jesus and Karl Marx agreed that religion is a pretext for oppression….”

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness! So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”   (Matthew 23:27-28)

Karl Marx: “My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”

Christ again condemns the hypocritical false religion of the Pharisees, not true religion in the power of the Spirit. There is no likeness regarding religion between Karl Marx and Jesus Christ.

“Christians must demonstrate the difference between religion and the gospel through community service…..” 

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  (Ephesians 4:17-23)

The difference between religion and the gospel has nothing to do with community service and everything to do with living in the power of the Spirit that produces a love of the law, resulting in a life of humble obedience and righteousness. Scripture confirms that this is what the unbelieving world needs to see. Though the truly transformed believer has a deep concern for the needs of others it is clearly not what distinguishes us, as there are multitudes of atheists and secular humanists more than willing to write very large checks to various philanthropic organizations; this proves nothing.  All of the natural man’s righteous deeds are as filthy rags before a Holy God.  (Isaiah 64:6)

“Pushing moral behavior before lifting up Christ is religion…”

“Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”   (Romans 7:7,12)

Keller’s statement is a complete departure from scripture. Proclaiming grace through Christ before a person has any concept of their hopelessly sinful condition is futile, as the very knowledge of sin comes only through the law. Does a physician administer treatment before informing the patient that he is sick?

“The church today is calling people to Christ in a “tone of voice” that confirms their worst fears……”

The Apostle Paul’s tone of voice to the Romans:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  (Roman 8:38)

Jesus’ tone of voice to the multitudes gathered around Him:

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”   (Matthew 10:34-36)

The Apostle Paul’s tone of voice to the Corinthians:

“In labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.  From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;  in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”    (2 Corinthians 11:23-27)

Jesus Christ’s tone of voice to his disciples:

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me first. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”    (John 15: 18-21)

Do Paul or Jesus seem the least bit concerned with “tone of voice?” or with the “worst fears” of the multitudes gathered to hear them? Keller’s statement is ridiculous.  

While speaking of a conversation he had with a woman who recently started attending his church and was conflicted about abortion, Keller states:

“As we spoke, I discovered that she was an Ivy League graduate, a lawyer, a long-time Manhattan resident, and an active member of the ACLU. She volunteered that she had experienced three abortions. “I want you to know,” she said, “that if I had seen any literature or reference to the ‘pro-life’ movement, I would not have stayed through the first service.”

Please note that this woman “experienced” three abortions; she did not commit the sin of aborting three children on three different occasions- no, not at Keller’s church- at Dr. Timothy Keller’s man-centered, seeker-sensitive, unoffensive church, this woman “experienced” three abortions. 

EXPERIENCE   [ˌikˈspirēəns]   VERB   
something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through   
synonymns: encounter – confront – endure - come up against - bear – suffer – be faced with

Rape is experienced; an abortion is committed. What’s more, abortion is a violation of God’s law. But don’t count on hearing this truth preached at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Warn the brethren.

“It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee. This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. This is the character which is expressly given to the carnal mind: it is “enmity against God”; and the proof of this is that “it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).”   A.W. Pink (1886-1952)

Written by Toni Brown – Check her website out – HERE 

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WWUTT: What Does the Bible Say About Paying Your Fair Share of Taxes?

From an interview between Anderson Cooper and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on “60 Minutes,” January of 2019.

Cooper: “This would require though raising taxes.” 

Ocasio-Cortez: “There’s an element where, yeah, people are going to have to start paying their fair share in taxes.”

Absolutely! Everyone should be paying their fair share of taxes. That’s in the Bible.

In Exodus 30, the Lord instituted the head or poll tax. Each person numbered in a census, from twenty years old and up, shall give half a shekel. “The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you give the Lord’s offering to make atonement for your lives.” (Exodus 30:15). And who paid this tax? The men, the head of the household.

In Deuteronomy 14, we find laws about tithing, giving a tenth of “all the yield of your seed that comes in from the field, year by year” (Deuteronomy 14:22). This rate was the same for everyone, whether they yielded much or little.

There was even a system of welfare in place, so the community provided for their poor, namely the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. But the rate of exaction was still the same for everyone who gave. Those who wanted to contribute more could give more of their own will (Deuteronomy 15:7-10).

Jesus said to pay your taxes: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). We read in Romans 13:7, “Pay taxes to whom taxes are owed.” And if that amount is the same for everyone, then everyone is paying their fair share!

Cooper: “Do you have a specific on the tax rate?” 

Ocasio-Cortez: “Sometimes you see tax rates as high as sixty or seventy percent. As you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”

That’s not fair, when we understand the text.
— Read on www.wwutt.com/2019/01/what-bible-says-about-paying-your-fair.html

10 JANUARY 365 Days with Calvin

Committing our Way to God

And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock. Genesis 31:4

suggested further reading: Psalm 37:1–7

Jacob sends for his wives so he can explain his intention to leave their father. He also wishes to persuade them to accompany him in his flight. It is his duty as a good husband to take them away with him; therefore, it is necessary to inform them about his plan.

Jacob is not blind to the many dangers of the journey. It will be difficult to take women who have never left their father’s house on a long journey to a remote region. Moreover, there is reason to fear that they, in seeking protection for themselves, might betray their husband to his enemies.

Jacob acts with great care in choosing to expose himself to danger rather than to fail in his duty as a good husband and master of his family. If his wives refuse to accompany him, the call of God will compel Jacob to leave on his own. But God grants what is far more desirable; the entire family agrees to come with him. In addition, his wives, who have often torn the house apart with fighting, now freely consent to go with Jacob into exile. So the Lord also allows us to succeed, when we in good faith discharge our duty and shun nothing that he commands.

In seeing how Jacob calls his wives to him into the field, we infer what an anxious life he led. Certainly it would be more convenient for him to stay home with his wives. He is already advanced in age and worn down with many toils, so he has great need of their service. Yet he is satisfied with a cottage in which he might watch over his flock and lives apart from them.

If there is a particle of equity in Laban and his sons, they will find no cause for envying Jacob in this situation.

for meditation: How many times have we abandoned our duties because we thought that success could only come through disobedience? Perhaps you have been asked to leave comfortable circumstances to follow God’s leading. How does God care for us when we follow him?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 28). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.