Daily Archives: January 23, 2019

January 23 Faithful Obedience

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:1–15

Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:7

The genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though Joseph was sold into slavery, he refused to become embittered. As a result, God blessed him through Potiphar, an Egyptian officer who purchased him. He was taken into Potiphar’s home and given great responsibility. The Bible tells us that Joseph was a successful man (Gen. 39:2). All that Potiphar had was left in Joseph’s care.

However, what happened next in Joseph’s life was certainly a test of his character and obedience to God. It is fairly common for God to test our level of obedience. One day as Joseph was going about his duties, Potiphar’s wife approached him with an alluring temptation. She wanted Joseph to commit adultery with her, but Joseph immediately recognized the error and refused her advances.

Joseph said, “How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9 nasb). His first thought was what such a sin would do to his relationship with God. Obedience was far more important to Joseph than a moment of physical pleasure.

Potiphar’s wife was furious and turned on him by lying to her husband. Potiphar had Joseph imprisoned. However, God was with him, orchestrating the circumstances of his life for even greater blessing.

If you are facing a situation that calls for obedience, ask yourself, Am I about to do something that will lead to my ruin or damage my faith? Faithful obedience always leads to blessing.

Precious Lord, thank You for the faith already instilled in my heart. Help me continue growing stronger each day in my spiritual journey of faith.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

5 Warning Signs of a Spiritual Narcissist

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1

It’s sad to say, but not everyone who claims to be Christian is really a follower of Christ. Many are simply pursuing their own agendas, be it money, fame, or political influence. These false disciples come in many shapes and forms, but perhaps none is more dangerous as the Spiritual Narcissist. A Spiritual Narcissist is someone who uses the Gospel to build themselves up while they tear others down. If left unchecked, their actions can inflict devastating harm on both Christians and non-Christians alike.

Below are 10 warning signs that you may be dealing with a Spiritual Narcissist:

Source: 5 Warning Signs of a Spiritual Narcissist

Local Mother Immediately Regrets Asking For Parenting Advice On Facebook — The Babylon Bee

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Local mother Tiffany Johnson confirmed Wednesday that she immediately regretted asking for parenting advice on Facebook after her newborn baby developed a cough.

The woman requesting advice for treating a sick infant was immediately inundated with MLM sales pitches, passive-aggressive comments, and rants about “big pharma.”

“What was I thinking?” she muttered to herself as a friend from church posted a lengthy rant on “gut toxicity.” “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

Johnson scrolled through the 57 comments that had been posted so far, wondering why she had ever assumed that the internet would be a good place to seek out information. From judgmental comments suggesting she wasn’t a good mother for not using the exact same method that someone else said worked for them to off-topic diatribes about pesticides in our food supply, every comment confirmed that Johnson had done the exact wrong thing by going to Facebook for advice.

“You know what? Next time I’m just gonna call the doctor,” she muttered, shaking her head.

At publishing time, the mother had posted that she didn’t need any more input, prompting her friends and family to suggest seventeen more surefire remedies to help her daughter.

via Local Mother Immediately Regrets Asking For Parenting Advice On Facebook — The Babylon Bee

Alexander: The Leftmedia’s Lynch Mob

The Leftmedia’s ‘Hate’ Narrative Lynch Mob

“Mob of white racist MAGA boys taunts noble native warrior”? What really happened at the Lincoln Memorial and why.

“If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?” —John Adams (1775)

Last weekend, after reading initial reports that a group of Catholic school teenagers wearing MAGA hats had a confrontation with a man described as an esteemed “Native American elder,” I gave it an eye roll. Considering the source of those reports, the usual Leftmedia provocateurs — CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post — I figured it was, like most of what they regurgitate, 10% substance and 90% fragrance.

After all, one day before this incident, mainstream media outlets had swallowed an uncorroborated BuzzFeed report hook, line, and sinker, despite the absolutely rotten reputation of the source. And they continued to saturate their cable and Internet consumers with the assertion that Trump had asked his then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie — until Robert Mueller had his spokesperson issue a rare statement refuting most of the BuzzFeed report. Just another page in the annals of the MSM’s fake-news history book.

Surely these outlets wouldn’t drop one fake news story that burned them badly only to pick up another. But they did. With so much egg still fresh on their faces, their “journalistic vision” was likely even more obscured.

Sure enough, in less time than it takes to say “Dan Rather,” the same mass media that had flooded its outlets with the BuzzFake narrative seized on the “mob of white racist MAGA boys taunts noble native warrior” hate narrative and buried its consumers in a fresh load of bovine chips.

The reason for rushing to judgement was obvious — it played right into the “white privilege” hate narrative too many Americans have been reflexively conditioned to believe. In other words, it had all the essential fixings of a great media ad revenue generator.

These kids were from a Catholic school, so the Left hates them almost as much as they hate Catholic Supreme Court nominees. (Times sure have changed since the Democrats embraced the Kennedy clan.) The students were white teenage boys, whom the Left hates. They are from the South, which the Left hates. They were in town for the March for Life, which, to the Left, completes a sort of Trifecta of Hate.

Some of them were wearing Make America Great Again hats supporting Donald Trump, whom the Left hates. Those hats symbolize the Trump administration’s extraordinary record of domestic and foreign policy achievements, which the Left hates.

Thus, the narrative on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was a great fit for the Democrat Party’s singular political platform and agenda: “Hate Trump!” It also dovetailed perfectly with the Demo race-bait hate narrative. (Last week I wrote about the contrast between that hate narrative and the harmony narrative promoted by Martin Luther King.)

Of course, the “mob of white MAGA boys” hate narrative propagated by all the Leftmedia outlets was a lie — an abject and incontestable lie. Unfortunately for these teens, there was no special prosecutor standing in the gap to set the record straight. There was only a rapidly growing social-media lynch mob ready to hang them for their crimes against humanity.

So let’s review the making of this mass-media-generated public hysteria.

There were more than 100,000 people in DC last Friday for the March for Life. Many were high-school and college students. The adult leaders of the Covington, Kentucky, Catholic High School had instructed the boys to meet at the Lincoln Memorial at the conclusion of the march. The boys gathered there and waited for their buses, which had been delayed by road closures.

Waiting for their bus, they were confronted by a group of radical black supremacists, members of a hate group that calls itself the Black Hebrew Israelites. For an hour before Omaha “tribal elder” Nathan Phillips stepped into the fray, the undisputed video evidence clearly shows the hateful black nationalists relentlessly hurling repulsive epithets at the boys and singling out two black Catholic students to torment. “Y’all dirty-ass little crackers, your day is coming,” they threatened.

The white Catholic students did not interact with the black agitators and instead surrounded their black classmates to protect them. (I had a run-in with this crew in Baltimore last year, and their hateful racist rhetoric was the real “hate” story here.)

As this confrontation unfolded, a group of Native Americans participating in the Indigenous People’s March, Phillips among them, then approached the boys, some shouting, “White people, go back to Europe! This is not your land!”

Phillips, himself a separatist radical protester with a history of fake confrontation claims, walked toward the boys banging his drum. He singled out one student, 15-year-old Nick Sandmann, and got within inches of the boy’s face, chanting loudly at him and banging his tom-tom drum.

Phillips claimed, “They were in the process of attacking these four black [Hebrew Israelites]. These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was [sic] their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that. … Here this young guy doesn’t even see me as a human being.”

So Phillips insists he was coming to the defense of the black supremacists, who had been screaming insults at the teenagers for an hour. Ironically, he also claimed the group of Catholic teenagers “looked like a lynch mob,” which is precisely what Phillips’s lies created.

Sandmann, whose account is clearly backed up by video recordings, was confused and shaken by the aggression of now a second group of agitators, so he stood still smiling at Phillips.

Covington Catholic High School chaperone Jill Hamlin summed up the incident: “We were all just gathered on the steps. We had obviously heard the horrific insults that were thrown at our children by the black Hebrew Israelites. … I don’t know why Nathan Phillips chose Nick Sandmann. I think he would have targeted anyone but maybe it was because Nick Sandmann had the courage to look this man in the face and he tried to diffuse the situation by not reacting, by standing there respectfully.”

Phillips eventually walked away, and the confrontation would have ended there, except members of the Phillips party sent Leftmedia outlets photos and short video clips of the event, giving an entirely different narrative — one they could turn into a national story. Virtually every MSM outlet reported that this group of white kids was mercilessly mocking and harassing a Native American tribal elder.

Phillips was quick to respond to the MSM feeding frenzy with his “narrative” — and he fed these outlets just what they wanted to hear. He told MSNBC that the boys were an “ugly mob.” He told CNN and other outlets, “This young feller put himself in front of me and would not move. … I heard them saying, ‘Build that wall. Build that wall.’ … What I was witnessing was just hate.”

But not one second of the video evidence supports any of Phillips’s spurious claims.

That notwithstanding, and having willfully ignored the journalistic obligation to corroborate Phillips’s remarks, The New York Times alleged that the boys had “mobbed” him. Soon, WaPo, CNN, ABC, NBC, and their co-conspirators were running with that Fake News narrative.

Within hours of the initial reports, the Covington Catholic High School and its Kentucky diocese shamefully issued a joint apology to elder Phillips, noting, “This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

It was the joint apology that gave me pause to reconsider my initial reaction, thinking the reports might be correct. And then National Review joined the condemnation, prompted, I’m sure, by the official apology.

NR published a scathing rebuke, “The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross,” in which its deputy managing editor, Nicholas Frankovich, declared, “They mock a serious, frail-looking older man and gloat in their momentary role as Roman soldiers to his Christ.” He continued, “‘Bullying’ is a worn-out word and doesn’t convey the full extent of the evil on display here.”

But once questions about the prevailing Leftmedia narrative began to surface, NR removed the article and social-media condemnations from other NR principals. Then the publication replaced it with pieces entitled “Nathan Phillips Lied. The Media Bought It” and “Upholding a Narrative Backfires on the Mainstream Media.”

To NR’s credit, both the editorial board and Frankovich published apologies. The editorial board noted: “In this business all we can do is own up to mistakes when they happen. We apologize to our readers and especially to the Covington students, who didn’t need us piling on.”

Furthermore, NR’s Molly Powell later called out the black supremacist who assailed the Catholic boys: “If you watch the nearly two-hour YouTube video … you will see the black men, all adult, hurling insult after insult at the students, for well over an hour.”

Of course, Trump-hating neo-con Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of the recently defunct Weekly Standard, removed without apology his disgraceful social-media post that asserted, “The contrast between the calm dignity and quiet strength of Mr. Phillips and the behavior of the #MAGA brats who have absorbed the spirit of TrumpISM — this spectacle is a lesson which all Americans can learn.”

At present, there have been no retractions or apologies from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and the rest of the Leftmedia lynch mob, all of which slandered the Catholic school boys with their reports. Not one apology; nothing; silence. That is to be expected.

But in a WaPo “Acts of Faith” article about the Hebrew Israelites, Sam Kestenbaum concedes they “may actually be at the center of a roiling controversy that has gripped the nation in recent days.” He adds, “A longer video soon bubbled to the surface, widening the lens. It showed how a group of half a dozen Hebrew Israelites had, in fact, been goading and preaching at both the Native Americans and high schoolers, using profanity and highly provocative language.”

And NBC Today is taking heat from its Leftmedia cadres for interviewing Sandmann and allowing him to tell his side of the story. Cohost Savannah Guthrie asked Sandmann, “Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?” He responded, “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. … I respect him. I’d like to talk to him.”

The Leftmedia’s narrative worked like a charm — until it didn’t. Veteran journalist Brit Hume, when asked about the MSM’s handling of this incident, replied, “Appalling. What’s so striking about this [is that] it’s a phenomenon we have seen over and over again.”

Recall the shameful comment by leftist columnist Evan Thomas after the media persecuted the Duke Lacrosse team: “The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong.”

It amounts to what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defined as a “wrap-up smear“: “You make up something. Then you have the press write about it. And then you say, ‘Everybody is writing about this charge.’ It’s a tool … to just have [the media] talking about what you want them to be talking about.”

There has also been no apology to the boys from the Covington school and diocese, though I note Catholic leadership has been slow to apologize to boys suffering abuse in the past.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Robby Soave, associate editor with Reason magazine, who thoroughly documented how the media wildly mischaracterized the incident, including almost two hours of video debunking the MSM narrative. Soave notes, “This is shaping up to be one of the biggest major media misfires in quite some time.” (At least since the BuzzFeed misfire a day earlier.)

The young man at the epicenter of the false narrative, Nick Sandmann, released a statement explaining his perspective on the events, and the video footage clearly backs his account. He says, “The [black] protesters said hateful things. They called us ‘racists,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘white crackers,’ ‘faggots,’ and ‘incest kids.’ They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that they would ‘harvest his organs.'” He added, “[I was] mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen — that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African-Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.”

Meanwhile, a mudslide of leftist hatred had all but buried Sandmann and the other students.

Predictably, CNN led that charge, with Ana Navarro declaring the boys were “racists” and “a— wipes.” Keith Boykin said, “The MAGA-hat wearing Covington Catholic High School students mocking Elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington are direct descendants of the white privilege that empowered white kids to mock Elizabeth Eckford at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.” Legal analyst Bakari Sellers said, “[Sandman] is a deplorable. Some people can also be punched in the face.” Former CNN commentator Reza Aslan followed, “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” (Memo to Sellers and Aslan: Come take a swing at this face…)

Disney producer Jack Morrissey said the boys should be killed, posting a photo of blood spewed from a wood chipper under the caption, “MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the wood chipper.”

Typical of celebrity Twitter responses was that from Trump hater Kathy Griffin, who insisted the kids names should be published so they can be targeted for retribution. “I want NAMES,” declared Griffin. “Shame them. If you think these f—ers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again. Names please. And stories from people who can identify them and vouch for their identity.”

According to a Twitter spokesperson, “Posting a person’s private information without their express permission is a direct violation of the Twitter Rules,” but don’t hold your breath waiting on Griffin’s social-media accounts to be pulled down.

Others pilled on.

“Saturday Night Live” writer Sarah Beattie said that she will have sex with “whoever manages to punch that MAGA kid in the face.” Here is a sample of other celebrity knee-jerkers… Alyssa Milano: “The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.” Billy Crystal: “The kids parents must be so proud.” Shaun King: “I am so deeply grieved and angry by this as young kids in MAGA hats surrounded and mocked a beloved Native American elder yesterday.”

Laughably, Massachusetts senator and notorious Native American impersonator Elizabeth Warren insisted, “Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran Nathan Phillips endured hateful taunts with dignity and strength, then urged us all to do better.” (Phillips is probably one of her relatives.)

On the subject of Phillips’s military record? That’s as genuine as Warren’s Native American heritage claims. Phillips is not a Vietnam War veteran.

In his CNN interview Sunday, he twice claimed, “I’m a Vietnam veteran.” He had previously claimed, “I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role.” Those are both lies. But Phillips, who enlisted as Nathan Stanard, was a private for a couple years, stationed in Nebraska and California as a refrigerator mechanic. His record indicates he was AWOL in both locations.

But he makes no effort to correct the record in the media echo chamber.

UPI: “laughing and chanting at Vietnam War veteran Nathan Phillips…” Washington Post: “Phillips, an Omaha tribe elder who fought in the Vietnam War…” Slate: “Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam War veteran…” Huffington Post: “Phillips served in the Vietnam War…” TMZ: “A mob of MAGA hat-wearing teenagers swarmed around a Native American Vietnam veteran…” Even a GoFundMe appeal notes: “Native American Vietnam War Veteran Nathan Phillips was mocked and harassed…”

Finally, the student most maligned by the Fake News narrative, Nick Sandmann, has invited Nathan Phillips to meet for a conversation about the incident. But Phillips rejected the boy’s offer, saying, “It’s not the right time. … He stole my narrative.”

As for the impact that false narrative has had on the kids at Covington and their families, Jim Wilson, who was a chaperone for the DC visit, said, “The schools slogan is, ‘A spirit that will not die.’ They are embracing that.” But the death threats keep coming.

As for the Leftmedia talkingheads, if they wonder why so many Americans dismiss their biased news narratives, they need look no further than this disgraceful, slanderous “news.”

Fake news has been around in one form or another since Gutenberg invented the printing press. In 1710, Irish essayist and cleric Jonathan Swift wrote in his work The Examiner, “If a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work. … Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late.”

In more contemporary parlance, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on.” And indeed, this one did.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

Source: https://patriotpost.us/alexander/60732-the-leftmedias-hate-narrative-lynch-mob

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: A False Jesus? — Christian Research Service

Marcia Montenegro
Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College

“The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” Psalm 19: 8, 10

Jesus Calling, a devotional by Sarah Young, has multiplied into a publishing empire with offerings of Jesus Calling editions for teens and for children, calendars, editions with special leather covers, accompanying journals, a Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, and even a Jesus Calling Devotional Bible.

In the first half of 2013, this book outsold the controversial bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. According to Publishers Weekly in 2014, Jesus Calling had “sold 14 million copies in its many iterations — calendar, smartphone app, children’s book.”

So could there possibly be anything amiss with this wildly successful Christian devotional?

The first noticeable thing looking through the book is that it is written as though Jesus is speaking the words. Jesus giving advice in first-person language is certainly not the normal devotional format and sets this apart from most devotionals. The logical question is: how did Young come up with these words?

There are three major issues that should be examined: The claim that Young received the words directly from Jesus; Young’s admission that a primary influence on her was the book, God Calling, by “Two Listeners;” and, finally, examining some of the messages in the book allegedly from Jesus.

A Few Words on the 10th Anniversary Edition

It needs to be noted that in the introduction to the latest edition of Jesus Calling, the 10th Anniversary Edition, removed from the original edition’s introduction was Young’s references to the book, God Calling, some of Young’s words about hearing from Jesus were altered and removed, and also changed were some of the words from Jesus in the devotional. No explanation was given for this, and no references to the original claims were mentioned by either author or publisher.

Read article HERE.

via Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: A False Jesus? — Christian Research Service

President Donald Trump Sends Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi – UPDATE: Pelosi Responds…. — The Last Refuge

President Donald Trump sends a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding concerns over the State of the Union and the temporary government shutdown.   UPDATE: Speaker Pelosi responds; revokes initial invitation; refuses to call for joint session.

Dear Madam Speaker:

Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.

Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.

I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

via President Donald Trump Sends Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi – UPDATE: Pelosi Responds…. — The Last Refuge

January 23 Experiencing God’s Presence

Scripture reading: Philippians 1:1–30

Key verse: Philippians 2:13

It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

In the award-winning movie Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell remarked that he felt God’s pleasure when he ran. Enjoying our relationship with Christ, or feeling His pleasure while we work and live, is not simple, but certainly possible.

You can enjoy God as you watch Him work through your circumstances (Phil. 1:12; 2:13). Troubling situations can overwhelm us for short or extended seasons. Handling them with an optimistic perspective that God is somehow at work for good is the way to live above difficulties. Trust Him to use your situations for eventual good, as foreboding as they may appear.

Enjoy God as you live under His grace, not law. You don’t have to perform to please God. You already are pleasing to Him. Living under grace severs the legalistic mesh of “I must do this” or “I should do that” to gain God’s acceptance. You are accepted by grace, and His favor is extended to you freely. God has forgiven you. Forgive yourself.

Enjoy God by learning to live one day at a time. Worrying about the future is a great thief and one that Scripture urges you to avoid by trusting God for your daily needs. Don’t get ahead of Him. Accept His provision and daily challenges. Living under a load of anxiety rapidly depletes your joy and peace.

Christ came to give not only eternal life but abundant life as well. That is life to the fullest, and you can experience it!

Father, help me learn to live one day at a time, enjoy You, and experience Your pleasure.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Davos summary in a nutshell

Davos summary:

We got filthy rich over the past 10 years thanks to central bank easy money policies.

Now there’s populist anger everywhere and we just don’t understand why.

Took me forever to find parking for my private jet. What’s the world coming to?

Chart: @michaellebowitz

twitter.com/northmantrader/status/1088042834664542208

Davos in a nutshell: 1500 private jets flying carrying egomaniacs that have profited immensely from a warped system that benefited them at the expense of the poor/middle class and are preaching about climate change and reducing poverty.

twitter.com/michaellebowitz/status/1088083083302191105

SHOWDOWN: Pelosi Tells Trump He Cannot Give State of the Union Address From House Chamber Until Govt is Open — The Gateway Pundit

SHOWDOWN!

President Trump notified far left Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday that he will hold the State of the Union Address in the US House of Representatives next week.

President Trump sent a letter to Pelosi on Wednesday.

Trump will deliver the address “with or without” the Speaker in attendance.

The House Speaker responded to President Trump in a letter later Wednesday and declined steps to permit the State of the Union be held in the House chamber on January 29 as scheduled.

“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.

via SHOWDOWN: Pelosi Tells Trump He Cannot Give State of the Union Address From House Chamber Until Govt is Open — The Gateway Pundit