Daily Archives: January 22, 2019

January 22 Trusting God

Scripture Reading: Genesis 39

Key Verse: Genesis 39:23

The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

People who have spent time in prison talk about the mind-numbing effects of incarceration. Days slide into days, months into months, and an inmate’s perception of time and reality may become stunted. It is easy to lose motivation or the will to live without hope, a goal, something to work toward.

Such was not the case with Joseph. If ever anyone had a reason to be bitter, it was Joseph. He did not even deserve to be in jail. Joseph could have allowed his frustration to deepen into resentment and then taken it out on his fellow prisoners and the guards. He could have made life miserable. Instead, Joseph chose to trust God:

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. And the chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. (Gen. 39:21–23 nasb)

Joseph understood that God’s plans for him extended beyond the negatives of the here and now; in faith he could look past the present pain, and as a result, God turned his circumstances into a beautiful testimony of His love and provision.

I trust You, Master! By faith, I look beyond the past and present into the tremendous future You have planned for me. Turn my negative circumstances into a testimony of Your love and provision.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Gospel Coalition, Gay Priest, Suggests Churches Should Help Singles Adopt Children — Reformation Charlotte

There is no doubt that the downgrade in evangelicalism is sweeping at an alarming rate. The Gospel Coalition is basically the epicenter of what many would think is the more conservative side of the Christendom equation–but it’s not conservative at all.

The Gospel Coalition has been relentlessly promoting a man–a gay Anglican priest–who advocates for same-sex relationships to be accepted by the church so long as they fall short of bodily penetration. At a recent ERLC conference, this same man–Sam Allberry–advocated for the destruction of the nuclear family in favor of a broader church family, even suggesting that parents should share their kids with unmarried homosexuals in their churches so they “won’t feel lonely.”

Now, let’s put this together. You have a gay priest who feels lonely and wants to babysit other people’s kids who is now advocating for churches to allow singles to adopt kids because the nuclear family isn’t really as important as your church family.

Let that sink in.

God’s design for family is not single-parenthood, but now, The Gospel Coalition has taken this a step further putting out a video of Allberry calling on churches not only to accept, but help their “single members” who are “in a position to adopt” to do so. Let’s be clear, singles–gay or straight–are not in a position to adopt. Children need fathers and mothers. Further, if a single person has the desire to adopt children, but no desire to marry, this person should be looked at with a serious amount of suspicion anyways.

In the video, Sam Allberry suggests that children don’t necessarily need a mother and a father as long as they have their “real family,” the church. This vile reinterpretation and redefinition of family being ferociously shoved down the throats of believers is far more than unbiblical–it’s down right sickening.

Look at the video below.

via The Gospel Coalition, Gay Priest, Suggests Churches Should Help Singles Adopt Children — Reformation Charlotte

Should You Be Outraged? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

With so many different current events competing for your time, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s worth being outraged about. That’s why we here at The Babylon Bee have created the above flowchart: so you can carefully examine whether a current event is worth getting all worked up over. Study it hard, tattoo it on yourself, and go forth to be outraged about literally everything, just like Jesus taught!

via Should You Be Outraged? A Handy Flowchart — The Babylon Bee

Media Outlets Unleash 3 Major Anti-Christian Blunders in Just 7 Days — Faithwire

It has not been a good week for the mainstream media. President Trump often refers to media as “fake news” and they’ve certainly been doing a good job in recent days of helping make that claim credible.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw pointed out earlier today that there have been four major blunders this week alone:

As Crenshaw observes, the shared common thread among the stories is that they are anti-Christian nature.

The reporting missteps include the speculative Buzzfeed story that has been publicly refuted in a rare statement from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

In a telling stat, the Women’s March received 15 times more media coverage than The March for Life, despite massive crowds and appearances from Ben Shapiro and Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.

The smear of the Covington Catholic high school boys took on a life of its own after they were initially accused of taunting and jeering and intimidating a Native American protester who was drumming. After the full video surfaced, that narrative began to fall apart and many apologies have since been issued by reporters and organizations alike. Some, however, are continuing to double down on the false narrative, with the New York Daily News embarrassing themselves by posting a picture of a ‘blackout’ basketball game. Shockingly, many media outlets are continuing with the false storyline, despite the original being debunked.

And, last but not least we have the attack on Karen Pence for going to work at a Christian school that holds standard Christian beliefs. This caused a bizarre media outburst, where they essentially declared publicly their disdain for Christianity, more than anything else.

Faithwire’s Will Maule and I responded to these poor examples of journalism and called for reporters and readers alike to be mindful of a few things before writing and before sharing stories out to the world. Just some handy tips on how NOT to be fake news – given the state of media today.

The growing list of fake news incidents is concerning enough, but the fact that more of them are directed at Christians and Christianity itself are increasingly disturbing.

We shouldn’t be surprised, as Christians, to find ourselves at the center of societies scorn. After all, Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). Being persecuted is not the challenging part as a Christian, however. The real difficulty comes in how we are to respond in the face of persecution.

Should be combative and raise a fist? What does the Bible say we should do?

We are to “Bless those who persecute you” (Rom. 12:14) and “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27–28).

Certainly not easy, as our hearts are prone to make us seek the upper hand or win the argument. But the Bible teaches us differently.

Here’s a great bit of wisdom from John MacArthur:

Ultimately, there is no better way to bless those who persecute us than by showing them the truth of the gospel. As a matter of fact, that is the only appropriate way to respond when suffering for Christ’s sake (1 Peter 2:21–23).

Everything proud and fleshly in us screams against such a strategy. But here’s a reminder: it is a token of divine blessing and a cause for rejoicing when God counts us worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake (Acts 5:41). To suffer on His account, Christ taught, is the very pinnacle of blessing (Matt. 5:10–11). Moreover, Scripture says it is inevitable that believers who truly seek to be faithful will suffer at the hands of those who hate Christ (John 15:18–20).

So, do not be shocked or fearful of the increased media attacks on Christians. Expect it, because the world despises Christians just as the world despised Jesus. And respond how Jesus wants us to respond – in a way that will cause people to wonder why we are filled with such peace, hope and confidence. In short, in a way that glorifies Him.

via Media Outlets Unleash 3 Major Anti-Christian Blunders in Just 7 Days — Faithwire

The Lake of Fire: What’s It Like, Who Goes There, and Why? — Banner of Truth USA

‘And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.’
–Revelation 20:15

Can there be any more sobering reality than what we read in the verse noted above? And should you not, my dear friend, contemplate your own eternal existence after your earthly demise? Read this with fear and trembling. I write without the slightest equivocation. If you die without being a Christian, without being born again through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, if you never gain the life of God in your soul, then upon your death your soul will immediately go to hell, a place of conscious, eternal torment, where the fire is never quenched and the worm never dies. As bad as hell is, however, you would give everything you have, to stay there in hell for a million years.

Why? Because those now in hell know what you will know when you transition to there. They fear more than anything ‘that day’. And what is ‘that day’? It is the great white throne judgement, because there, on the day of Christ’s return, all the dead, unsaved sinners who have ever lived, great and small, will stand before God and give account of the deeds they have done, according to the things written in the book. Know this too, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a two-edged sword. Paul says that because Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, he is the first fruits of those who are asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20). Paul wonderfully and vividly lays out the case for glorified bodies for the saints. At the last trumpet, the dead will be raised imperishable. However, the reuniting of body and soul on the new earth for believers is also true of unbelievers at the great white throne judgement. Daniel says, ‘Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life; but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt,’ (Daniel 12:2). Jesus tells us not to fear man who can kill the body. Rather we are to fear God who can destroy both the body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28). And the parable of the rich man in hell makes clear that he possessed a body. He was asking Lazarus to place a drop of water on his tongue to quench his thirst (Luke 16:24). It is one thing to suffer in one’s own soul in hell, it is quite another to suffer in body and soul in the final judgement.

So, if you are a hell-bound sinner, why should you fear the great white throne of judgement more than hell itself? Because you, and every other unbeliever, will stand, body and soul, before King Jesus to witness the charges against you and them. As you stand, by yourself, before the thrice Holy God, the jealous and avenging God, who will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, your thoughts will be judged (Romans 2:16). Jesus will summon every thought you ever had — your lusts, anger, bitterness, bigotry, jealousy, envy — and place them alongside his holy law. You will be speechless (Romans 3:19). You will have no defense. You are doomed and you know it. Then your words will be summoned, because Jesus said that every careless word will be judged (Matthew 12:36). All those harsh, foul, sensual, vile, blasphemous, lying, manipulating, degrading words you spoke throughout your life will be placed alongside the purity of the One with whom we all must give an account. No defense there either. Finally, your every action will be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12; Matthew 16:27). All of the millions of times you disobeyed God, in what we might call small or large ways, will be evaluated in light of his perfect law. Every jealous, selfish, licentious, sensual, idolatrous act you ever did, will be judged by the One whose eyes are a flaming fire, whose feet are like bronze made to glow in a furnace. Not only your sins of commission, but perhaps even more dreadfully, your sins of omission will be judged. You will remember the times you passed by a needy man on the street and did nothing to help him. You will remember the multitudinous times you neglected to care for your spouse, children, parents, or close friends. You will remember the times you hated instead of loved your enemy. You will also be unable to make a defense before God for your actions.

With all of this evidence now displayed before you and the Holy One, you will hear those words you knew were coming but have dreaded the entire time you were in hell, the most awful words which could ever be uttered, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed one, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels,’ (Matthew 25:41). And as you are being led from the great white throne of God to be cast into the lake of fire, you will know for certain, without the slightest equivocation, that you are receiving the exact judgement you deserve.

The lake of fire is the second death. Many have noted that those who are born once, will die twice; and those who are born twice will die once. And what will you do in the lake of fire? Presumably the same thing you have been doing in hell from the moment you arrived there, but now, due to the union of body and soul, the pain, horror, and awareness will be infinitely magnified. As in hell, there will be weeping or wailing along with the gnashing of teeth. I have heard the anguish and grief of unmitigated wailing coming from one who has suddenly lost a child or a spouse. Perhaps you have also. It is terrible. The wailing in the lake of fire will be infinitely worse. Every sense will be heightened there. Though you are alone in darkness, you nonetheless will hear the hopeless wailing of the damned. With your eyes which on earth looked at pornography or read blasphemous books denying the Christ whom you have always hated, you will look on untold, unimaginable horror. With your ears which listened to wicked jokes and took in perverse, godless, licentious ideas, you will now hear the cries of the condemned. They beg for mercy but there is none forthcoming. With your mouth, which uttered blasphemous, vile, crude, demeaning speech, you will curse God and his servants with loud voices of contempt, hatred, and sorrow. With your hands, which were engaged in all manner of creative sinning, building kingdoms for yourself which you used to oppress other people, they will now reach up to heaven, begging for a touch from the God whom you rejected, but there is no reciprocation from the Holy One. Your feet, which were swift to run to the shedding of innocent blood and to take you to places of sensual delight and debauchery, will then seek to run for refuge, but they will be like feet stuck in cement. There is no deliverance from judgement. There is no hope. You are lost in a most dreadful judgement. There is no mercy in the lake of fire.

Do you think this is over the top? My friend, I am so completely limited in my ability to communicate to you the horrors of hell and the lake of fire. It is infinitely worse than I am able to portray to you.

You will have no second chance after you die. You must come to Jesus in this life or you will not come at all. And can you be so sure that you will live past today? Don’t you know people who one day seemed to be in picture perfect health, and the next day were dead! The devil’s great ploy is to tell you that you have plenty of time to get religion. ‘Don’t worry,’ he says, ‘about that now. Live it up, then maybe when you are old and tired and have nothing better to do, you can become a Christian.’ But if you persist as you are, then surely you will die in your sins, be cast into hell, and eventually end up in the lake of fire. Then, my friend, what will you do? Paul the Apostle said, ‘Today is the day of salvation.’ Jesus said, ‘Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest.’ He also said, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes on Me has eternal life.’ He said to the thief on the cross who had believed on him, ‘Today you will be with Me in paradise.’ Isaiah says, ‘Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call upon him while he is near.’ If you believe on the Lord Jesus, he promises to forgive all your sins, to give you his righteousness and holiness, to hear your prayers, and to take you to heaven when you die. Where else can you go for relief from sin, hell, and the second death? Why die in your sins? There is no need. Run to Jesus! He is ready and willing to save you right now.

And if Jesus has saved you, why not bow reverently this very moment and thank him for saving your soul and delivering you from hell fire? It matters not one bit your lot in life, your financial or professional status or accomplishments. Rejoice, my friend, that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

via The Lake of Fire: What’s It Like, Who Goes There, and Why? — Banner of Truth USA