Monthly Archives: February 2019

February 28 Behavior to Match Your Identity

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

An American on business in the Far East is not very likely to assimilate Asian culture. Quite the contrary. The food is different; there is a language barrier; the wardrobes are distinct. He is constantly reminded of the dissimilarities. His identity as an American is well established. He acts and thinks like an American precisely because he is one. Understanding your identity in Christ is a pivotal principle for success in combating the world’s influence.

A dramatic transformation occurred when you were saved. You became a “new creature” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17 nasb). You became a citizen of God’s kingdom. You still live in your indigenous culture, with all of its allures, trials, temptations, and charms; but you are no longer the same man or woman.

Living holy or separately from the impulses of the world is possible only as you realize the amazing metamorphosis that has transpired within. You are quite obviously still “in the world,” but you are now not “of the world.”

The rationale for rejecting the waywardness of the world is that it doesn’t fit your new identity anymore. You don’t act like an unregenerate person because you are a new person in Christ.

Learning who you are in Christ takes time, complete with failure, for your behavior to match your identity; but you have a lifelong, resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to help you along the way.

Precious heavenly Father, You brought me out of the “Egypt” of sin and set my feet on the road to Your promised land. As I continue on this spiritual journey, help me match my behavior with my new identity.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 61). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How Is Abortion AFTER Birth Not News? — Christian Research Network

“Network coverage of this vote in the first 24 hours? Zero on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Hours after this vote, Sanders appeared in an hour-long “town hall” on CNN without a single question on this. Warren was interviewed by Chris Hayes for 11 minutes on MSNBC, and no question.” 

(Brent Bozell – NewsBusters)  Late in the afternoon on February 25, extremist Senate Democrats voted in favor of legalized infanticide. In the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s bizarre remarks in a radio interview extending the “right to choose” to after-birth abortion (or medical neglect), Sen. Ben Sasse authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. 

The bill would require a health-care provider to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” who survives abortion as he or she would to “any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”

The bill failed a cloture vote because 44 Democrats voted in favor of infanticide, including seven presidential aspirants — Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Forget massive tax increases and incoherent green deals. This, this should terrify us.  View article →

How Is Abortion AFTER Birth Not News? — Christian Research Network

More Than 100 House Dems: Our Healthcare Bill Will Outlaw Private Coverage, Eliminate Up to Two Million Jobs, and Cover Abortion — Christian Research Network

“For years, Democrats have attacked Republicans for “ending Medicare as we know it,” often resorting to demagoguery and falsehoods. This scheme would literally end Medicare, creating a brand new, massive entitlement that seniors and Medicaid recipients would have no choice but to join.” 

(Guy Benson – Townhall)  More than 100 House Democrats — nearly half of the new majority — have signed on to a new single-payer healthcare bill that supporters describe as “battle ready.”  If by “battle ready,” they mean, “extremely controversial, deeply politically risky, and totally bereft of any acknowledgement of the proposal’s eye-poppingly exorbitant costs,” they’re undoubtedly correct.  Politico’s story on the legislation is full of extraordinary tidbits and quotes.  Here are some of the most important facts we’ve learned:

(1) The bill “doesn’t include a price tag or specific proposals for financing the new system, which analysts estimate would cost tens of trillions of dollars over a decade.”  The lead sponsor of the bill says her crew will release a list of “suggested funding mechanisms” at some point in the future.  One of these mechanisms, we’re told, is “a tax on high earners.”  If you’ve been following this debate, you’re well aware that targeted taxes on ‘the rich’ would be woefully insufficient in raising even a fraction of the expected cost.  Enormous tax hikes on all Americans would be necessary.  This math is not seriously disputed.

(2) Via NBC News, “The legislation’s most contentious provision would end private health insurance and replace it with a government system.”  Yes, virtually all private coverage would be outlawed, forcing every single American into an innovation-crushing, government-run system.  Approximately 177 million Americans currently receive private health insurance, either through their employers, or directly from insurers.  The vast majority of these people are satisfied with their coverage, according to Gallup.  All of these people would be uprooted from their existing plans and funneled into the federal bureaucracy.  On the matter of ripping people away from their existing status quo, this proposal gets worse — both practically and politically:    View article →

More Than 100 House Dems: Our Healthcare Bill Will Outlaw Private Coverage, Eliminate Up to Two Million Jobs, and Cover Abortion — Christian Research Network

February 28 The Foundation of Your Faith

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1–11

Key verses: James 1:6–7

Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.

It was 1866 in England, and pastor Samuel J. Stone’s congregation was in an uproar. In fact, the entire Church of England was in a state of upheaval. A certain bishop had just written a book concerning the authenticity of the first five books of the Bible.

In his “intellectual” examination of these books, the bishop called their accuracy into question. Liberals in the church sided with this bishop, while the conservative group continued to assert the inerrancy of all Scripture. The debate raged. Samuel Stone was concerned for the health and stability of his congregation. Controversy was tearing them apart, and surely, severe consequences would follow.

To combat this growing division, Stone composed a series of hymns that focused on church unity. With stirring words he celebrated Christ’s eternal position as Head of the church in his most famous hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation.”

Seeing Christ as the Cornerstone of the body of believers puts peripheral church issues into perspective. You are not swayed by every wind of philosophy and every controversy because you measure them by the Lord (James 1:6–7). On the steadfast mountain of Christ and His Word, you stand prepared for every issue.

Father, help me build my life on the foundation of Your Word, prepared to face every issue on the basis of its life-changing truths.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 61). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.