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.

KELLYANNE CONWAY RIPS CNN’S JIM ACOSTA DURING HEATED EXCHANGE: ‘YOU’RE SUCH A SMARTA–‘

“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.

TRUMP, EN ROUTE TO BORDER, RAMPS UP WARNING HE COULD DECLARE NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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