Daily Archives: February 1, 2019

February 1 The Truth About Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:18–25

Key Verse: Romans 5:12

Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Man’s natural state is one of sinfulness. It is a direct result of the Fall and the rebellion Adam and Eve demonstrated in the Garden of Eden. Our fallen nature is evident in feelings and emotions such as jealousy, anger, fear, resentment, lack of forgiveness, lust, and more.

When the apostle Paul became aware of the depth of his sin, he cried out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death [death meaning a spiritual death]?” (Rom. 7:24 nasb).

Coming face-to-face with our sinfulness should bring the same response from us. If we were left on our own with no thought of God, sin would control our lives. Only by the grace of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ can we say with the apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25 nasb).

Only Jesus Christ can save us from the clutches of sin. Only He can change the nature of our hearts and give us a new life. We can choose to live for Him and turn from evil, but first we must come to a point where we see our sin as He sees it. Nothing is glamorous about sin. It keeps us from experiencing all that God has for us.

Ask Him to surface anything in your life that reflects the old, sinful nature. Then pray to walk faithfully in the grace He provides through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, thank You for saving me from the clutches of sin, changing my nature, and giving me new life. I choose to live for You and turn from evil. Surface anything in my life that reflects the old, sinful nature. Then help me walk faithfully in the grace provided through Jesus.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 1 The Light of God’s Word

Scripture reading: Hebrews 4:12–16

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Many Christians’ lives are like the proverbial VCR clock. They have a power source from which to draw, but like the unset blinking clock that flashes 12:00–12:00–12:00, their Christian walk is stuck in neutral. They feel no real sense of purpose.

Whether you are operating a VCR or traversing the difficult terrain of life, your most essential obligation is to read the instructions. The only way to know the proper course of action is to see what the expert designer says about each step in the process.

God gave us one instruction manual: the Holy Bible. There is no way to navigate life in a way that glorifies God or edifies yourself and others unless you know what God has to say. If you have cyclically gotten away from His Word throughout your life only to come back later, ask yourself why you keep returning. It’s because it’s much easier with the instruction manual.

There are two reasons why people wander from God’s Word. They may be ignorant of its precious truths and overwhelmed by its magnitude and complexities (as with many new believers), or they simply lay it aside and endeavor to make it in life in their own wisdom.

This start-and-stop approach stymies proper growth and, as with the VCR clock, leaves Christians emitting only an intermittent light.

Keep my light brightly shining, Lord, as it is illumined by Your truth. I want to live my life with Your divine instruction manual as my guide.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 1, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Military intervention in Venezuela by the United States is not imminent, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Friday, but reiterated that all options remain on the table.

The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

NATO allies “fully support” the United States’ pending withdrawal notice from the INF nuclear missile pact over Russia’s actions, a statement by the alliance said.

Washington is willing to discuss “many actions” to improve ties and entice Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea said on Thursday, but set out an extensive list of demands for the North, including a full disclosure of its weapons program.

Russia is not prepared to restore confidence in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday after the United States decided to suspend compliance with the accord.

The default position means Britain will leave on March 29 without a deal in place unless something can be agreed beforehand. That has led to fears that supply chains will be severely disrupted leading to shortages of food and medicines.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was dispatching a team to make preparations for the next summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held somewhere in Asia late in February.

US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 24 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Thursday, adding to a spate of such strikes against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

What started as an online fundraiser to provide President Donald Trump with donations for his southern border wall has morphed into a foundation whose members vow to build a wall themselves. The “We The People Will Build the Wall” campaign has surpassed $20 million.

The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream manufacturer announced that it will soon no longer offer plastic straws and spoons in its more than 600 stores worldwide. The company said it currently uses 30 million plastic spoons and 2.5 million plastic straws per year.

Venezuela has told dozens of expatriate staff working for Citgo Petroleum Corp in the United States that they must return to Caracas by the end of February, people familiar with the matter said, following U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

The U.S. State Department issued a “do not travel” advisory Tuesday to Americans traveling to Venezuela amid rising tensions.

The Republican-controlled Senate advanced an amendment urging the U.S. to continue the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria and Afghanistan and avoid any “precipitous withdrawal” from those conflicts, marking a rare break with President Donald Trump.

The cold has killed close to 30 children in two months among the civilians who have been fleeing the last jihadist pocket in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Thursday.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will defy a government ban on humanitarian aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring nations.

The remains of 52 people have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, as body bags were laid out on the sand.

Roman Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified around 300 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children. It was one of the largest groups of names disclosed by the church as it faces U.S. state and federal investigations into its handling of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by priests.

The total number of sexual assaults at the three U.S. military academies increased slightly last year, but an anonymous survey suggests far more encounters are going unreported, a new Pentagon report said Thursday.


Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 86F for the first time. The extreme heat was “unprecedented”.

The US has imposed visa restrictions on Ghana for refusing to accept the return of 7,000 Ghanaian nationals that it wants to deport.

Japanese police are investigating how a substance thought to be uranium was offered in an online auction. The seller and several bidders have been taken in for questioning.

China’s trade delegation says it made “important progress” in the latest round of talks with the US, China’s state media reports. At the end of a two-day meeting in Washington, no deal was reached but China pledged to buy more US soybeans.


The House’s Democratic majority voted Wednesday to give pay raises to federal employees who were disciplined for sexual misconduct. Democrats blocked a Republican measure that would have prevented any federal employee disciplined for sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct from getting a salary increase.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials made a record-breaking seizure of 254 pounds of fentanyl on the U.S.-Mexico border that was enough to kill 57,000,000 Americans. Agents also seized 395 pounds of methamphetamine from inside the 18-wheeler. CBP estimated the value of the fentanyl, which came in the form of powder and pills, to be approximately $3.5 million.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

Turns Out the Shutdown Didn’t Kill the Economy

“Job growth in January shattered expectations, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 304,000.”

Measles Outbreak Reveals Problem of Anti-Vaccination Trend

Individual freedom versus collective societal health has sparked a debate about the role of government.

Attacking Christian Schools

But they’re producing citizens who are compassionate, thoughtful, fair-minded, and principled.

Dems Know Nothing About the Appeal of Howard Schultz

The former Starbucks CEO is a loyal Democrat, but he’s a straight, white, wealthy male.

Colorado Dems Push LGBT Sex-Ed Requirements

Indoctrination into leftist sexual ethics will be the only perspective allowed in public schools.

Video: Pro-Life or Just Pro-Birth?

The challenges of having children are real and legitimate but shouldn’t justify killing children.

Today’s Opinion

Jonah Goldberg
Abortion Maximalists Stand on Shaky Moral Ground
David Limbaugh
Abortion Extremism Exposing Left’s Moral Contradictions
Marc A. Thiessen
Schultz Is Calling Democrats Out for How Radical Their Party Has Become
David Harsanyi
Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian
Michael Barone
Time for Humility for Davos Elite
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top Headlines

Payrolls surge, INF Treaty suspended, emergency wall plan, fentanyl seizure, Cory Booker presidential run, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Friday Short Cuts

Tone-deaf: “I was really surprised by the line of questioning that I got.” —Virginia Del. Kathy Tran

News – 2/1/2019

China acts like it’s ‘preparing for WWIII’ in South China Sea, Sen. Inhofe warns
China’s continuing militarization of the islands in the South China Sea has one member of Congress warning that the communist nation may be preparing for war. Republican Sen. James Inhofe, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday that China’s ongoing militarization activities resemble preparation for a world war, the Navy Times reported. “It’s like you’re preparing for World War III,” Inhofe said. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”

Store Your Gold At The Bank Of England And You Might Never See It Again
The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of StateMichael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.”

The Democrats Lose Their Minds
… the “system” of relatively free enterprise that allowed them to grow rich—and finance or innovate remarkable advances in technology and productivity that have benefited the world—should be altered drastically. Hence AOC’s call for a 70-percent marginal tax rate—backed by the same genius from Berkeley who designed Warren’s expropriation of wealth—to help pay for the “Green New Deal” that will give us “a 100% greenhouse gas neutral power generation system, decarbonizing industry and agriculture and more.

Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that’s ‘what God wants’
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that’s “what God wants” while those opposed he described as “slaves.”

US cuts off all aid to PA security forces
Officials at the US Embassy in Jerusalem confirm that as a result of the Taylor Force Law taking effect on Friday, all American funding for the Palestinian security forces will be discontinued, including for the purchase of equipment and training.

Why Are the Religious Right-Wing and Secular Left-Wing?
But just as it is in Israel, the politics in America and the rest of the world are divided along religious lines; the religious are right-wing and the secular are left-wing. I can think of a lot of reasons for this: Religion trains people to live for a greater good. A non-belief in God teaches a person that they are living just for themselves, that they are the ultimate authority and the ultimate goal. Even when the non-religious express a moral ideal, it is warped and self-centered.

US funding for Palestinian security services ends
The US funding and training program for the PA’s security services was set to end at midnight on Thursday, as diplomats and politicians scrambled to find a way to mitigate the impact on West Bank stability. The 14-year-old US Security Coordinator (USSC) mission, and the $61 million the US provides annually, is perceived to be the cornerstone to an effective Palestinian Authority security service.

ISIS could regain control of Syria within a year, Pentagon reports
ISIS could regain control of Syrian territory within six to 12 months, according to a draft of the Department of Defense Inspector General Quarterly Report on the ongoing Syrian situation. Analysts fear the impending pullout of US troops would created a vacuum filled by the extremist group. US President Donald Trump has ordered all of the approximately 3,000 US troops to leave the civil war-torn country within 120 days.

Attorney-General will decide on Netanyahu’s indictment before Israel’s election
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit formally announced on Friday that he will decide Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal fate before the upcoming April 9 election. Though there have been leaks to this effect, this was the first time that Mandelblit himself confirmed it, rejecting a request by Netanyahu’s lawyers to delay the decision.

UK, France and Germany create payments system to trade with Iran
The UK, Germany and France have created a new payments system to allow European businesses to trade with Iran without falling foul of US sanctions. All three opposed last year’s decision by President Donald Trump to abandon a 2015 deal under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted. Some of the US sanctions make it difficult for European banks to make direct payments to Iran.

Army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades
The Israel Navy this week simulated an attack on the country’s natural gas platforms, including a live-fire test of sea-to-sea missiles to destroy an “enemy ship,” the military said Thursday. Four Sa’ar-4.5 model corvettes participated in the week-long naval exercise, dubbed “Raging Sea,” which ended on Thursday.

Despite international disapproval, Lebanon forms government with Hezbollah
Lebanese political factions agreed finally Thursday on the formation of a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country’ economic woes. Rival political groups have been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country’s first parliamentary elections in nine years.

Polar vortex 2019: While we shiver, Australia is enduring record heat
Extreme weather has wreaked havoc worldwide this month: As the upper Midwest shivered with record-breaking cold temperatures thanks to the polar vortex, wild extremes in weather were reported in other parts of the world.

Liberals outraged as Trump endorses Bible literacy classes in public schools
President Donald Trump raised a lot of eyebrows Monday by endorsing biblical literacy education in public schools, earning praise from socially-conservative supporters and scorn from secular critics.

South Carolina Senate Approves Bill to Ban All Abortions, Declares Unborn Babies People Under Law
The South Carolina Senate approved a measure to ban all abortions in the state Wednesday night, barely 24 hours after defeating a similar proposal.

Republicans Block Democratic Bill Allowing Abortions Up Until Birth
Virginia Republicans swooped in and blocked a proposed Democratic bill that would allow abortions to take place up until the point of birth in the state.

Fox News Films Migrants Moving Closer To US Border
“Fox & Friends” shared footage of migrants moving closer to the U.S. southern border Thursday, reporting the latest caravan numbers nearly 3,000.

Newly-Elected FL Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order Eliminating Common Core From Florida Schools
Newly-elected Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday at a news conference that he is issuing an executive order to completely eliminate ‘Common Core’ from Florida schools.

Mexican President AMLO: ‘No More War’ on Drugs
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) sent shockwaves after publicly claiming an end to his country’s drug war. The politician said his administration will focus on reducing violent crimes instead of capturing regularly violent drug lords.

Blacklisters at Microsoft’s NewsGuard Label Proven Hoaxes ‘Credible’
NewsGuard, which is the establishment media’s latest effort to blacklist alternative media sites, is giving its sign of approval to proven hoaxes, even to stories that have been retracted.

CBP Announces Biggest Fentanyl Seizure Ever
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history.

Virginia Del. Kathy Tran Submitted Bill To Save Caterpillars On Same Day As Late-Stage Abortion Bill
The Democratic Virginia delegate who has recently come under fire for sponsoring a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would allow the termination of a pregnancy up to 40 weeks old, is also the chief patron of a bill that would protect the lives of “fall cankerworms” during certain months.

Disney Is Holding A Pride Parade At One Of Its Theme Parks For The First Time Ever
The Walt Disney Company is embracing LGBT pride month for the first time ever and hosting a gay pride parade in its Disneyland Paris park in France.

33 arrested on sex trafficking charges ahead of Super Bowl
Authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta on sex trafficking charges ahead of the Super Bowl. Homeland Security Investigations Agent Nick Annan tells…the arrests happened this week, but declined to discuss case specifics due to ongoing investigations.

Tyson recalls chicken nuggets over reports of rubber inside
Tyson Foods is recalling some chicken nuggets after customers said they found pieces of “soft, blue rubber” inside. The U.S. Agriculture Department said the 5-pound (2-kilogram) bags should be thrown away or returned. The agency says there are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick from the rubber.

Headlines – 2/1/2019

Netanyahu to Meet Trump’s ‘Peace Team’ at Warsaw Mideast Conference

Israeli-Palestinian security ties likely to continue despite US aid freeze

PA chief says he hopes for broad cooperation to hold legislative elections

Abbas says he can negotiate with whoever wins Israel’s election

Facebook busts vast Iranian manipulation campaign targeting Israel, others

Hundreds of Iranian bots working to influence Israeli voters – report

AG rejects Netanyahu bid to delay indictment announcement

Mandelblit: Indictment recommendations on PM case won’t wait until after elections

Netanyahu challenger leaps in polls after maiden speech

Ultra-Orthodox said expected to push hard line on Shabbat in coalition talks

Rep. Ilhan Omar targets Israel again, compares Jewish state to US South during segregation

Israel’s UN envoy: European allies must fight anti-Semitism

Netanyahu touts major offshore gas project

PM hails energy ‘revolution’ as Leviathan edges closer to completion

Israeli army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades

David Petraeus: Hezbollah should not ‘forget’ Israel’s massive firepower

Top Iranian general: We can destroy Israel ‘in three days’

Israeli strikes on Iran in Syria may lead to war – U.S. intelligence chief

US Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan pullout plans

US judge rules Syrian regime must pay $300m to family of slain journalist

Children and babies die as temperatures plummet in Syria

Australia admits ‘may have killed’ as many as 18 civilians in Mosul raid

Turkey in a pickle over Syrian olives

Iran welcomes EU trade mechanism meant to skirt sanctions as ‘first step’

Ending months of deadlock, Lebanon seals new Hezbollah-backed government

Report: Hezbollah terror group in midst of deep economic crisis

Saudi Arabia, allies meet in Jordan to coordinate policy on regional conflicts

Sudan army says will not allow state to collapse amid protest

US poised to announce withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty

U.S. envoy raises prospect of U.S. compromise in North Korea talks

Venezuela to Sell 15 Tons of Gold to UAE in Return for Euros

Maduro government detains, expels journalists in bid to keep power

European parliament recognises Guaido as interim Venezuelan leader

Trump dismisses border wall negotiations as ‘waste of time’

White House preps emergency wall plan while Congress negotiates

Bloomberg funding secret operation aimed at defeating Trump in 2020 – report

San Francisco area restaurant bans ‘Make America Great’ hats, compares to white hoods and swastikas

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy – The company enables the surveillance that supposedly offends its values

Privacy battle brews over home security cameras

Israel’s Beresheet is first private spacecraft to shoot for the moon

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Punta de Burica, Panama

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

By the numbers: Midwestern US endures worst of polar vortex, all-time record lows broken

Polar vortex reportedly causes ‘frost quakes’ in Chicago: What is the geological phenomenon?

Long johns to short sleeves: Rapid thaw follows polar blast

Polar vortex’s bitter cold could cost US economy $5 billion, though the worst may be over

Brazil’s President Thanks Israel for Post-Dam Disaster Aid, Hails Collaboration in Science and Technology

Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor – and pays a “devastating” price

Trump: Democrats ‘becoming the Party of late-term abortion,’ ‘willing to rip the baby out of the womb’

Virginia Del. Kathy Tran Submitted Bill To Save Caterpillars On Same Day As Late-Stage Abortion Bill

UK’s Haredi public vs. ministry – we won’t teach about LGBT community

Man accused of raping three children in a week was released on bail twice by same judge

John of God’s sexual assault arrest tarnishes Brazil’s spiritist movement

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Sarah Leslie – The Revival of Molech and the Return of Bloody Barbarism

Jackie Hill Perry Meets With Lesbian, Agrees the Church Hurts “Queer Community”

Russell Moore Joins With Nancy Pelosi to Address Liberal Organization

Three Things You Need to Know About David Barton

Franklin Graham Calls on Pagan Church to Excommunicate Pagan

Metro Atlanta church may soon be on national list of hate groups

Pastor who fatally shot himself would sometimes stop taking medication, megachurch leader reveals

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for February 1, 2019

January 31, 2019
JERRY NEWCOMBE — We live in a time when tolerance is just a one-way street. Those who clamor loudest for tolerance are the most intolerant people around if they are offended – – which happens often these days. To wit, the recent story involving the Covington kids…. (more)

January 31, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — The Democrat Party, fresh off electoral victories last fall, is flexing its muscles on behalf of sheer, unadulterated brutality, cruelty, and savagery…. (more)

January 31, 2019
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D.) commented Wednesday about a controversial 40-week abortion bill and in so doing said the law allows an abortion to take place after the infant’s birth. “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said, alluding to the physician and mother discussing whether the born infant should live or die…. (more)

January 31, 2019
‘Health care provider’ killed record number of babies
WORLDNETDAILY — Planned Parenthood long has marketed itself as a “health-care” provider for women, downplaying abortion, but its own annual report documents hundreds of thousands of unborn babies killed. And its president, Leana Wen, recent affirmed the organization’s “core mission.”… (more)

January 31, 2019
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence plans to head to Miami on Friday, home to the country’s largest community of Venezuelan exiles, to rally support for the opposition ahead of Venezuelan protests against President Nicolas Maduro, a White House official said…. (more)

January 31, 2019
BREITBART — There are three migrant caravans headed to the United States’ southern border with Mexico, according to top Pentagon official John Rood. Rood testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that one of the caravans contains over 12,000 migrants…. (more)

January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Regardless of warnings from conservative Republicans about the dangers of declaring a state of emergency, President Donald Trump would do just that on Feb. 15 if Congress fails to appropriate money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House tells Newsmax…. (more)

January 30, 2019
House speaker ‘traitor’ beholden to illegal aliens
WORLDNETDAILY — Amid all the talk about impeaching President Trump, more than 100,000 people have signed a White House “We the People” petition calling for the impeachment of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of treason…. (more)

January 30, 2019
THE HILL — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation…. (more)

January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — In a move to further U.S. support for Juan Guaidó against Nicolas Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the Venezuelan opposition leader control of the country’s assets in U.S. bank accounts, The New York Times reported…. (more)

January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Roger Stone testified “very openly” before the House Intelligence Committee, and it’s hard to tell what special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing him of lying about, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday. “Any time a person testifies for four-and-a-half hours, you can always go through it and find some misstatement,” the New York Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”… (more)

January 30, 2019
‘Armed agents, handcuffs and shackles must not become a tactic’
WORLDNETDAILY — Alan Dershowitz, a longtime liberal and supporter of Hillary Clinton, says Congress needs to rein in the FBI’s use of SWAT tactics when it makes arrests for process crimes. He pointed to the pre-dawn raid to arrest former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone last Friday…. (more)

January 30, 2019
BREITBART — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Tel Aviv on Monday evening, Barr said BDS has “infected” the Democratic Party. Asked what she thought of the newly-installed outspoken BDS proponents Tlaib (D-MI) and Omar (D-MN), Barr said, “We have Hamas in Congress.”… (more)

January 30, 2019
Muslim Democrat in Congress already has unleashed foul tirade against president
WORLDNETDAILY — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim Democratic newcomer to Congress from Michigan, already has established a reputation in Washington as a radical. She has lashed out at President Trump with a foul tirade, was accused of lying to her voters and insisted on using Thomas Jefferson’s Quran for her swearing-in, perhaps not realizing he likely owned it to learn more about the Muslim Barbary pirates who were kidnapping and killing Americans at the time…. (more)

January 30, 2019
‘If the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use?’
WORLDNETDAILY — Evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to take a stand against abortion by excommunicating Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Others already have called on Dolan, the archbishop of New York, to excommunicate Cuomo, a Catholic, because of his signature on an abortion law that allows the killing of unborn infants until the moment they are born…. (more)

January 30, 2019
Attack that killed 58 people was ‘all about doing the maximum amount of damage,’ said agent
THE GUARDIAN — A high-stakes gambler who shot and killed 58 people from a high-rise casino suite in Las Vegas wanted infamy and mass destruction, the FBI said on Tuesday. But his motive remains a mystery…. (more)

January 28, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — In what has been called a “strong message” to President Trump, the new socialist-controlled House of Representatives has passed the “NATO Support Act” (H.R. 676) by a vote of 357 to 22. So while the House under the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted paying for a wall to defend the sovereignty of the United States, the House has voted overwhelmingly to defend the borders of countries in Europe…. (more)

January 28, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump on Monday accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5, a week later than originally scheduled because of the partial government shutdown…. (more)

January 28, 2019
THE HILL — President Trump during an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Sunday said that he is doubtful Congress can come to a deal over border wall funding, claiming that another government shutdown is “certainly an option” once the three-week funding bill comes to an end…. (more)

January 28, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — The United States is working to support what national security adviser John Bolton called the “constitutional government” in Venezuela, as two men are laying competing claims to the presidency of the South American nation…. (more)

January 28, 2019
DAILY CALLER — The video had all the markings of a pre-dawn “knock and announce” arrest warrant on a meth lab somewhere in the United States. There were some two dozen federal agents donning tactical body armor and toting long guns. Surely, they were going in with overwhelming force to take down armed and violent criminals. Yet, what was CNN doing there and why were they being allowed to film in such a dangerous environment?… (more)

January 28, 2019
Ob/gyn has delivered 4,000 babies over 20 years
WORLDNETDAILY — New York state’s new law allowing abortion virtually up to birth conflicts with the fact that modern technology allows physicians to do heart surgeries and other medical procedures on unborn babies as early as 22 weeks, contends a physician who has delivered nearly 4,000 babies…. (more)

January 28, 2019
JOE KOVACS — At just 23 years old, she’s been prominently featured in magazines such as Maxim and Esquire, and has taken part in photoshoots for Vizcaya Swimwear. Not to mention she’s also majoring in law via the Harvard Extension School, has published two books and is an accomplished figure skater…. (more)

January 26, 2019
DESERET NEWS — Sen. Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump called Democrats’ bluff in making a short-term deal to reopen the federal government to work out an agreement to fund border security and avoid another shutdown. “This decision to reopen government for three weeks basically says to the Democrats, ‘OK, now put up or shut up,'” the Utah Republican said…. (more)

January 26, 2019
KURT SCHLICHTER — Chill. Just chill. The wailing and gnashing of teeth on the hardcore conservative side over Trump’s delaying action – really, a hudna – in the battle for the wall is way over the top and typically overdramatic. Trump’s caved-in! We’re doomed! Pelosi annihilated him with her master stratagems and it’s all over for conservatism! Oh please. Lighten up, Francises, – and many of you are my pals. But you need this bucket of cold water. What happened Friday doesn’t matter…. (more)


Weekly Watchman for 02/01/2019

Evil Marches On and Churches Remain Silent

On the heels of New York’s horrendous bill expanding abortion “rights” up to the moment of birth comes a shocking revelation about a similar, even more sinister bill in Virginia. With this one, the Democratic Governor seems to insinuate that this bill would allow a couple to abort a child after it is born.

Radical Liberal theology and progressive thought eventually collapses under its own weight of contradiction. But by the time it is exposed for what it is, much damage has been done. And some are wondering if this current scourge of liberal thought and so-called “morality” might be so powerful that by the time it is exposed our nation will be irreparably damaged. Moreover, that which we call “church” will be so immersed in the ways of this world that it will cease to have any effect on secular culture except to embrace and promote it, leading many toward eternal separation from God.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Changing Face of American Christianity

As we gather in Christian fellowship for that precious hour or two every week, it is important we take full advantage of the blessing of gathering, glorifying God, and for leaders – equipping the Body of Christ to be a bright light to a dark world. As the secular culture around us grows darker and more evil, all the more important that we understand the spiritual battle in front of us, put on the armor of God, and do righteous battle for the truth and for souls of our family, friends and neighbors.

This morning we share some good news about Asia Bibi from Pakistan, a strong warning from the publisher of Wisconsin Christian News, and a call to pastors to preach about the evils of abortion and rally church members to get involved for in the battle for human life in the womb. In our first segment we talk with Kevin Michalowski, an expert on church safety, about the importance of developing a security team at your church in the event of violence or an emergency.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Are American Christian Churches at a Crossroad?

In Mike’s latest book, “American Christianity’s Slide Toward Apostasy: What We Must Do Before It’s Too Late”, he details Satan’s five step plan to bring forth persecution to Bible-believing Christians in America. Spoiler alert: Satan has already accomplished four of the five steps, and step five is knocking at our doors!

We can see how this unfolds when looking at Communist China, where there is a state-sponsored Christianity that is forced to worship government instead of God, and an underground church that is being persecuted frantically. This morning, Mike and Crash contrast two stories from China: The Vatican selling out to Communist government officials and secondly, an underground Christian Church pastor whose home was just ransacked with him being hauled away to prison.

And we continue to look at how Christianity in America is being set up for a similar crossroad. Which churches or denominations will sell out to government and submit to it, and which will be driven underground and persecuted?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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More Evidence of the Bible’s Truth

In our final segment, Mike and Crash continue to look at the growing spiritual insanity in our nation that is inviting the wrath of God on a people who kick Him out of public education and continue to promote the increasing murder of innocent children in the womb. Could God be reaching the point where His patience runs out and His wrath is felt here in America? Are we as Christians prepared if that happens?

First, we look at growing evidence supporting the Word of God, particularly concerning the Book of Exodus: the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt’s bondage. Ryan Mauro recently returned from a fascinating, secretive trip to Saudi Arabia and witnessed what he believes is astonishing artifacts and evidence that brings into new light the account in Exodus. Why has this evidence been secretly guarded and withheld from the world outside of Saudi Arabia? Ryan shares his amazing story and movie documentary with us this morning.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes, and Their So Called Christian Supporters — Christian Research Network

“Denying Hell is a Gospel issue because the everlasting God will render everlasting salvation for His elect, and everlasting damnation for His enemies. This is constituted in His word.”

(Sonny Hernandez – Reforming America Ministries)  Is denying the biblical doctrine of Hell a Gospel issue? Well, that depends who you ask. If you ask an anti-Hell heretic, one who affirms either soul sleep, conditional immortality, or annihilationism, they will tell you that it is not. If you ask a so called Christian or hireling pastor who spends more time listening to their anti-Hell internet buddies, they will tell you the same argument that anti-Hell heretics use. But if you ask a Bible believing Christian, one who affirms the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, you will undoubtedly hear that denying the biblical doctrine of Hell is not only a Gospel issue, it is heresy!

Please note that anti-Hell heretics are deceptive in trying to justify their heresy: they will deny the biblical teaching of “everlasting conscious torment” [ECT], and accuse Christians who believe in the sufficiency of Scripture—which patently affirms ECT—of adding to the completed and saving work of Christ. Additionally, anti-Hell heretics will say that the biblical teaching of Hell [ECT] is not a Gospel issue.

By this logic, anti-Hell heretics are free to embrace all kinds of aberrant doctrines like women preachers, denial of Satan, etc.—especially since they will argue that these aberrations have nothing to do with the completed and saving work of Christ. This makes me think how easy it is for compromisers to deny the inerrancy of Scripture by appealing to this kind of fallacious argument. For men that believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, which has clearly outlined the teaching of Hell as “everlasting conscious torment,” they will not compromise on this matter. View article →

via Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes, and Their So Called Christian Supporters — Christian Research Network

Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War — The Babylon Bee

Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate advanced a measure this week to rebuke President Trump for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan in a bipartisan effort to defend the only thing the left and the right still agree on: endless foreign wars.

While the left and the right barely ever manage to eke out a bipartisan bill anymore, their response to the slightest deescalation in an occupied foreign country was swift from both sides of the aisle.

“It’s a beautiful thing when Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, like remaining in the Middle East indefinitely with only vague plans for withdrawal at some ever-shifting date in the future,” said Senator Mitch McConnell. “There are still some traditions that this nation holds sacred, and we can’t allow President Trump to divide us on this.”

“This is America, after all. How are our troops going to defend our freedoms if they’re not all the way on the other side of the globe forever?” McConnell added, drawing applause from both Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic senators also reminded the nation that Trump is a pawn of Putin, as that’s the only possible reason he wouldn’t want to start World War III over a Middle Eastern country.

via Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War — The Babylon Bee

Does the Bible Change Over Time? JD Greear Says ‘Of Course it Does’ — Reformation Charlotte

The current Southern Baptist President, J.D. Greear, is proving himself to be unfit for the position he holds in America’s largest Protestant denomination. Over the last few years, the SBC has taken a sharp turn toward political as well as theological liberalism while pushing a social justice agenda.

Reformation Charlotte reported earlier today that Greear, during an eisegesis of Romans 1, compared homosexuality to “greed” and “boasting,” even stating that most of these sins are “more egregious in the eyes of God” than homosexuality.

Of course, this is foolish, as homosexuality is the one sin that caused God to wipe two cities off the face of the earth. It is, according to the text he clumsily referenced, the sin that God gives people over to because of their other sins. It is actually the wrath and judgment of God being poured out on a people to be given over to depraved minds and dishonorable passions.

It has now come to light that not only has Greear misrepresented the Scriptures regarding the sin of homosexuality, he has also called on Christians to stand up for the rights of LGBT people.

Just what kind of “rights” is he referring to? Of course, all citizens of this country are entitled to the same rights afforded us in the Constitution, and we are all afforded certain God-given, unalienable rights. But no Christians–like literally, none–are actually advocating for the loss of these rights among LGBT people.

The “rights” that LGBT people are fighting for are, for example, the right to use the public restroom of whatever gender they choose to identify as on any given day. Rights such the right to get married and practice sodomy in the apartment next door. The right to get married in your conservative church. The right to be fully embraced as an active, affirmed, and participating member of your church. And the right to propagandize you and your children with their vile affections that God has given them over to in order to become a normalized accepted community of unrepentant sinners that can now band together and deaden their conscience against their sin that they commit against a holy and righteous God–and to do so freely without conviction.

Is this what you really want, JD?

Does the Bible Change Over Time? JD Greear Says ‘Of Course it Does’ — Reformation Charlotte

The Left’s Comfort with Infanticide Is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’ — Christian Research Network

“Not only do the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” socialized-medicine pipe dreams have such staggering price tags that even Kamala Harris felt the stabbing pain in her wallet, but they would put profound and deeply personal medical decisions in the hands of authoritarian bureaucrats whose ideology is hostile to the very concept of individuality.”

(John Hayward – Breitbart)  It’s been a shocking few weeks for abortion extremism, from New York’s shocking late-term abortion law to Virginia’s mercifully unsuccessful attempt to legalize infanticide. It’s time to start talking about death panels again, because this casual attitude toward the destruction of human life is a grim omen of what “Medicare for All” would be like.

If the Left is so comfortable with abortion that it’s openly defending late-term horrors and the slaughter of children outside the womb, imagine what they’ll do with the elderly and infirm once they control medicine and hardcore rationing inevitably sets in.

The Left quickly realized it allowed its anti-human freak flag to fly a little too high in Virginia. Frantic attempts were made to gaslight American voters into believing Governor Ralph Northam didn’t say what he actually said about killing born-alive infants. The effort subsided as Northam’s defenders realized he was, if anything, understating the barbarism of the legislation in question. There was also the inconvenient matter of his equally infamous comment that infants would be “kept comfortable” while their mothers and doctors decided whether they should live or die. View article →


Abortion Issues

The Left’s Comfort with Infanticide Is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’ — Christian Research Network

CONFIRMED: Hillary Camp Set Up Trump Tower Meeting Between Russians and Don Jr. – ‘Russians’ Involved Are Connected to the Clintons — The Gateway Pundit

California US Representative Devin Nunes shared on FOX News that Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, working with Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS, likely set up the entire Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner as a way of entrapping the Trump campaign.

The whole thing was a setup!

Dan Bongino said on a recent podcast about the meeting at Trump Tower –

This meeting’s a set up.  It’s a set up!  It’s a set up! It’s a scam!  It’s a set up”

Bongino lays out how the entire meeting at Trump Tower was a set up.  The ‘Russians’ involved were all connected to Hillary Clinton.

Listen starting at the 13:00 mark –


On FOX News, Nunes, who sat through hours of testimonies related to the Trump – Russia farce, said the following –

… but something also probably important to note about the so called Trump Tower meeting.  This is the meeting that actually Fusion GPS met with the people before and after that meeting.

Fusion GPS, once again, was a Clinton Campaign paid for operations outfit.  They were clearly involved in the set up of the Trump Tower meeting.  So if they want to bring Cohen in and talk to him, that’s great, we’ll participate.  But the truth, if you really want to get to the truth behind the Trump Tower meeting, Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign are all over it, and probably behind it.

The group that organized the meeting with Trump advisers and the Russian lawyers was the same Democratic group Fusion GPS that was behind the discredited Trump dossier.

The eight people who attended the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016:
— Donald Trump Jr.
— Jared Kushner (left early)
— Paul Manafort
— Natalia Veselnitskaya (Fusion GPS)
— Anatoli Samochornov (translator and Fusion GPS)
— Rinat Akhmetshin (lobbyist – Fusion GPS)
— Rob Goldstone
— Rep. of the Agalarov Family

The lawyer who met with the Trump team in June 2016 was denied a U.S. visa to enter, however; she received special permission to enter the United States after filing an affidavit in a Federal case in New York.

VOTE NOW: Should Hillary Be In Jail?

We know the following to date about the characters involved in setting up the Trump team at Trump Tower –

Congressional testimony confirms that consultant Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, was hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to work his “political opposition” magic against President Trump.

Simpson has testified he put former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele on the job and sent him to Russia. Simpson and Steele both kept a constant back channel to Bruce Ohr, the fourth-highest ranking member of the Department of Justice, as recently declassified messages prove.

We also know that –

Ohr, who’s wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS right alongside Simpson, “coordinated before, during and after the election” with both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson.

Also, Hillary Clinton wasn’t Simpson’s only employer.

The night before the Trump Tower meeting, Simpson had dinner with another client, Natalia Veselnitskaya. He had dinner with her again the night after the meeting, he told Congress.[Veselnitskaya was at the Trump Tower meeting and is suspected of working for Simpson.]

The entire Trump Tower meeting was likely set up by the Clintons as now we know all the characters involved are connected to the Clintons.  When Americans shouted “Lock her up!” at Trump rallies, they knew she was a crook.

Hat tip D. Manny

CONFIRMED: Hillary Camp Set Up Trump Tower Meeting Between Russians and Don Jr. – ‘Russians’ Involved Are Connected to the Clintons — The Gateway Pundit

BOMBSHELL! Nellie Ohr Did Research on Melania Trump and Trump Children – Then Passed Her Findings to Deep State DOJ — The Gateway Pundit

As the details surrounding the Spygate scandal are uncovered, connections draw closer to former President Obama.

The connections between Nellie Ohr and the ‘Spygate’ scandal were hidden from congressional investigators for months.

As noted previously by TGP, Nellie Ohr is a Communist sympathizer connected to Russia.  She is also a corrupt Never-Trumper.

It appears that the men in Nellie’s life did all they could to prevent Nellie Ohr from being outed for her involvement in the Russian dossier because she also has links to the CIA and therefore to John Brennan.

If Brennan is outed as the quarterback of the dossier scandal, then by association, so is his boss, former President Obama.

Now we know that communist sympathizer Nellie Ohr, and the men who surrounded her, her husband, business partners, John Brennan, and by association President Obama, were all connected. 

Together they attempted to prevent Candidate Trump from being elected and later to remove duly elected President Trump from office. 

POLL: Should Trump Declassify The FISA Documents To Expose The Deep State?

And today we find out Nellie Ohr was also investigating the Trump children during the election while she was feeding Democrat propaganda to the FBI and deep state.

But it wasn’t just the Trump kids the deep state was spying on.
Nellie Ohr was also spying on Melania Trump during the campaign.

A source familiar with the closed-door testimony confirmed to FOX News that Nellie Ohr told House investigators that she was tasked with doing opposition research during the 2016 campaign on Melania Trump as well as the president’s children.

Chief FOX News intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge broke this story on Thursday.

BOMBSHELL! Nellie Ohr Did Research on Melania Trump and Trump Children – Then Passed Her Findings to Deep State DOJ — The Gateway Pundit

Are There Distinctions of Sin in Hell? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Is everyone punished equally in hell? Or are there distinctions of punishment? From our 2016 National Conference, R.C. Sproul, Steven Lawson, and Albert Mohler explain that more heinous sins receive greater condemnation.

Message us for clear, concise, and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions at Ask.Ligonier.org.

Are There Distinctions of Sin in Hell? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

BREAKING: Fired FBI Director Comey Lied to Congress – Hid Trump Investigation from US Lawmakers FOR 9 MONTHS! — The Gateway Pundit

Former FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress.

While under oath fired FBI Director Comey blamed the decision on an underling for not telling Congress for 9 months about an investigation into candidate Trump before the 2016 election.

The underling, former FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, refuted this and says that it was Comey’s decision to hide this critical information from Congress.

Jeff Carlson at the Epoch Times released a report on Thursday that provides information from an unsourced leak of a congressional hearing transcript highlighting the testimony of former FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap.  The report is damning and although Priestap certainly appears to be withholding the facts in all his answers, one thing he was clear about – Former FBI Director James Comey made the call to not tell Congress about the ongoing investigation into candidate Donald Trump for nine months –

According to the Conservative Tree House, Preistap’s testimony is in direct conflict with Comey’s –

The question surrounds why congressional leadership, including the Gang-of-Eight, were not briefed about the opening of a counterintelligence operation into a presidential campaign.  The investigation began on July 31st, 2016. Congress was not notified until early March 2017.

Rep. Jordan: I guess what I’m asking, Mr. Priestap, is who made the decision not to brief Congress in this particular instance?

Mr. Priestap: Mr. Comey.

This answer seems to be directly contradicting the March 20, 2017, testimony of FBI Director James Comey. Watch that first 3:00 minutes, ending with: ”because of the sensitivity of the matter.”


Last week, President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone was arrested at 5am in the morning by more FBI agents than there were Navy Seals at the Osama Bin Laden raid.  The FBI stormed the 66 year old’s home and even had FBI agents on the water and in the air. The FBI also notified CNN because they were on site filming the action as it occurred. Stone has no guns and a deaf wife his age who was made to stand outside in her bare feet and nightgownwhile the FBI pillaged their house.  Stone was arrested for allegedly lying to Congress.

POLL: Should President Trump Declassify The FISA Documents To Expose The Deep State?

So the question is, since we now know Comey lied to Congress, when will James Comey be arrested and be the victim of FBI harassment like Roger Stone was?

BREAKING: Fired FBI Director Comey Lied to Congress – Hid Trump Investigation from US Lawmakers FOR 9 MONTHS! — The Gateway Pundit

Syrian Christians Fear a New Genocide In Wake of US Pullout — CBN News feeds

KOBANE, Northeast Syria – With the pullout of US troops, Christians here in northeast Syria told CBN News their future hangs in the balance.  With the region on the brink of chaos, they’re fearful and warning of a new genocide.

Just a few years ago, ISIS left a scar on the land in the form of an historic genocide in parts of Iraq and Syria.  Now Christians fear another potential apocalypse with enemies all around them.

Turkey is the main concern.

“After the threats of (Turkish President) Erdogan to this region that he wants to take the place of the great force of America, we felt danger because of this void. If it was filled by the countries of this region or another power, there would be danger in general for the people and especially the Christian people,” said Sanharib Barson, co-president of the Syriac Union Party.

The reason many people in northeast Syria are afraid of Turkey is because of what happened last year in northwest Syria, the Turkish invasion of Afrin.

In January 2018, its army along with Islamic militias called the Free Syrian Army began a military campaign to capture the city of Afrin.

Charmaine Hedding of the Shai Fund told CBN News what Turkey’s goals are.

“We know it from the statements that they’ve made that they want to get rid of the people in this area and bring in other people from Syria. So, it’s a population displacement,” Hedding said.

To find out more about the Afrin campaign CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell traveled here to the city of Kobane and an evangelical church.  Last year, Christians fled Afrin during the Turkish operation to take over the city.

Some came to Kobane to find refuge, security and a place to worship.

Zani is the pastor of the evangelical church.  He and his wife Chinar fled Afrin.

“Everything in the church has been stolen. This is the terrorists’ very nature of behavior. And they burned the church,” said Zani.

Islamic soldiers allied with Turkey killed Chinar’s cousin’s child.

“They were a group of people with weapons that entered our neighborhood and they were stealing.  So, my cousin went out and asked them, ‘what are you doing?’ So, the men with weapons attacked my cousin’s house and shot and killed his son,” she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened a similar campaign into northeast Syria.  When Chinar heard about President Donald Trump’s decision, she prayed.

“Every day we cried and prayed to the Lord that we would not end up like Afrin,” she explained.

President Trump’s decision surprised them.

“We love the American President a lot.  I have said that he is a believer and that he prays. And so I was surprised.  Why did President Trump do this that he immediately wants to withdrawal the forces from here? Is it possible that he was not considering the church or that he doesn’t know that there are believers here?” China said.

In all, there are about 100,000 Christians in northeast Syria, most fearful of genocide.

President Trump slowed down his timetable to pull out us troops but for Christians here, they’re hoping and praying for much more than that.

via Syrian Christians Fear a New Genocide In Wake of US Pullout — CBN News feeds

If You’re a Democrat, You’re Probably Not Saved — Reformation Charlotte

I’m getting really sick of this push for “unity” in the Church among people across the entire political spectrum–the argument is really tiring. I get it, the vast majority of people on both sides of the political equation are lost. In fact, many have grasped on to conservative politics as a sort of moral therapeutic deism and it has become their religion. But I’m going to argue that if you’re a Democrat, and you claim to be a Christian, then you don’t understand the gospel–at all.

The argument goes: God isn’t a Democrat or a Republican, so it doesn’t really matter. Well, quite frankly, that’s just stupid. No Christian in their right mind would argue that God is a politician. But God does have a moral law that he expects Christians to uphold and the Democratic party was fundamentally designed to oppose it.

The Democratic party, at its core, is radically opposed to the standard of morality set forth in Scripture. Whether it be the continual expansion of the slaughtering of innocent children in the womb, the clamoring for the promotion of homosexuality and other forms of sexual perversions, including feminism, or the insistent push for redistributive theft, it goes without saying that everything the Democrat party stands for is biblically immoral. Jesus did not die for these things, he died because of these things–to free us from them.

Let’s be clear: your political positions, activism, or support have no bearing on your salvation–zero. However, if you claim to be a Christian, transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures say that you will be given a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) and you are being sanctified unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). So let me spell this out for you. This means you cannot be a Christian while supporting the slaughter of innocent children, gay rights, gay propaganda, “gay Christianity,” theft (redistribution of wealth), lawlessness (i.e. open borders), a complete and total lack of individual responsibility (i.e. nanny state welfare system, single payer insurance, etc.), or the endless sweeping away of our right to worship God freely. If you support this godless ideology, or support candidates that do, don’t expect me to treat you as a fellow Christian.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shilling for the Republican party. I realize that the Republican party is corrupt, inside and out. However, there is not an official push–at least not right now–in the Republican party to stand against and oppose every single one of God’s moral laws. Conservatism doesn’t save, only Jesus Christ does. But if you understand the gospel, then you can’t deny that the gospel produces conservatism as its fruit.

If You’re a Democrat, You’re Probably Not Saved — Reformation Charlotte

February 1, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Confusion

Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (6:34–40)

The crowd’s second request (cf. vv. 30–31) again reveals their spiritual blindness. Completely missing Jesus’ point in verses 32 and 33, they eagerly said to Him, “Lord, always give us this (physical) bread.” Their continuing desire to use Jesus for their physical needs is evident from this demand and a clear indication of their superficial interest. It still marks the shallow, temporary followers of Jesus who fill churches looking for their needs and desires to be met. There are always churches that accommodate them. Today they are often the places that draw the largest crowds, but have the lowest percentage of true believers. Having first insisted that He prove Himself, they now insisted that He give them what they wanted. Kurios (Lord) would be better understood as their way to say, “Sir” (as it is in 4:11, 15, 19, 49; 5:7; 12:21; 20:15; Matt. 13:27; 21:30; 27:63; Luke 13:8), since it is clear from verse 36 that the crowd did not truly believe in Jesus. They were still focused on having their physical needs met (cf. 4:15), as with the provision of manna (Ex. 16:35). In their obtuseness, they exhibited the fact that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor. 2:14).

Their dullness and lack of understanding prompted Jesus to declare unambiguously to them, “I am the bread of life.” The Lord had not been referring to actual bread, as they mistakenly thought, but to Himself; He is the very bread He earlier promised to give (v. 27). No bread, not even manna, or the fish and bread Jesus had just created the evening before (6:1–13), could permanently cure physical hunger. Thus, when the Lord declared that those who come to Him will never again hunger or thirst, He had to be speaking not of the body, but of the soul. Here, as in Matthew 5:6, the human need to know God is expressed metaphorically as hungering and thirsting (cf. Pss. 42:1–2; 63:1).

Two simple verbs in verse 35 define man’s part in the salvation process: comes and believes. To come to Christ is to forsake the old life of sin and rebellion and submit to Him as Lord. Though John does not use the term “repentance” in his gospel, the concept is clearly implied in the idea of coming to Christ (cf. 1 Thess. 1:9). As Charles Spurgeon put it, “You and your sins must separate, or you and your God will never come together” (“Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 21 [Pasadena, Tex.: Pilgrim, 1980], 88). To believe in Christ is to trust completely in Him as the Messiah and Son of God, and to acknowledge that salvation comes solely through faith in Him (14:6; Acts 4:12). Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin; to repent is to turn from sin, and to believe is to turn to the Savior. They are inseparable.

This is the first of seven highly significant statements in John’s gospel where “I am” is joined with metaphors expressing Christ’s work as Savior. In addition to the bread of life, Jesus also used “I am” to describe Himself as “the Light of the world” (8:12), “the door of the sheep” (10:7, 9), “the good shepherd” (10:11, 14), “the resurrection and the life” (11:25), “the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6), and “the true vine” (15:1, 5). Jesus also used egō eimi (“I am”) in an absolute, unqualified sense (4:26; 8:24, 28, 58; 13:19; 18:5–8) to appropriate for Himself the Old Testament name of God (Ex. 3:14).

Having declared that He was the Bread of Life, Jesus rebuked His hearers for their unbelief (note the similar rebuke of the Judeans in 5:38–40), adding the indictment, “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.” The specific rebuke to which Jesus was referring (when He said this to them in the past) is not known, but clearly their unbelief was in the face of His self-revelation, so their rejection was inexcusable. Alla (but) indicates a sharp contrast between the crowd’s actual response and the one Jesus desired (cf. Matt. 23:37). Although they had seen Him, they failed to grasp the significance of His miracles, and missed the point of His teaching. As was the case with their forefathers in the wilderness, “The word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard” (Heb. 4:2). The miracles they had seen merely whetted their appetite for more miracles; they were intrigued by what Jesus could do to ease the difficulties of life, but they were not willing to believe in Him as their Messiah and Lord.

In spite of the crowd’s response, Jesus was not discouraged. His confidence in the success of His mission was firmly rooted in the omnipotent sovereignty of God. He knew that all those whom the Father gives to Him (cf. v. 39; 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9, 24) will come to Him. The neuter singular form of pas (all) views those whom God gives to Jesus as a collective body, those chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). This profound reality teaches us that all who are saved are a love gift from the Father to the Son. The whole history of redemption is the gathering of this redeemed body—or the calling of a bride for the Son as a love gift from the Father. The Son views every soul given by the Father to Him as an expression of the Father’s irresistible love, so that all whom He gives will come to Christ.

From the standpoint of human responsibility, “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30; cf. Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12), and “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13; cf. John 3:15–16). Yet salvation does not depend on the human will. The redeemed are those “who were born, not … of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Salvation “does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:16). Both repentance (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25) and faith (Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 1:29; cf. Acts 16:14) are granted by God. Otherwise no one would ever come to Him, since “there is none who seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11; cf. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:1–3).

That God is absolutely sovereign in salvation is foundational to the Christian faith. Those errant theological systems (i.e., Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, and Arminianism) that make salvation dependent on man’s will in effect dethrone God, and are contrary to the clear statements of Scripture:

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. (v. 44)

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” (v. 65)

For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt. 22:14)

Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. (Mark 13:20)

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Rom. 8:28–30)

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Eph. 1:4)

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col. 3:12)

Knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you. (1 Thess. 1:4)

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thess. 2:13)

Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. (2 Tim. 1:9)

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. (2 Tim. 2:10)

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. (Titus 1:1)

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. (1 Peter 1:1–2)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

The unbelief of spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1) sinners cannot thwart the saving work of God. Having chosen them in eternity past, He graciously and irresistibly calls them to Himself.

Lest any seeking souls should fear that they might not be among the elect, Jesus described the one whom the Father gave to the Son as none other than the one who comes to Me. From God’s view, we are given by His sovereign power to the Son. From our view, we come to Christ. And, of course, our Lord would never reject one who comes as a love gift from the Father. So Jesus added, I will certainly not cast that one out. The strong double negative ou mē states emphatically that Christ will not reject anyone who sincerely and submissively comes to Him. True saving faith can never be exercised in vain, but only at the prompting of the Father (v. 44).

Here again is the incomprehensible (to the human mind) interplay between divine sovereignty and human responsibility: only those given to the Son by the Father will come to Him, yet all who are “thirsty [may] come” and anyone “who wishes [may] take the water of life without cost” (Rev. 22:17). Though they seem impossible to harmonize, there is no conflict between those two truths in the infinite mind of God (Deut. 29:29). (God’s sovereignty in salvation does not negate the believer’s responsibility to evangelize the lost—Matt. 24:14; 26:13; 28:19; Mark 13:10; cf. Acts 8:25, 40; 14:7, 15, 21; 16:10; Rom. 1:15; 15:19–20; 1 Cor. 1:17; 9:16, 18; 15:1; 2 Cor. 10:16; 11:7; Gal. 1:8–9, 11; 2:2; Phil. 4:15; 1 Peter 1:12).

Certainly, the Son would never reject any part of the Father’s gift to Him. Such disunity within the Trinity is utterly inconceivable, as Jesus’ next statement, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me,” made clear. The Lord came to earth for one purpose: to perfectly obey the will of the Father who sent Him. To the disciples Jesus declared, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (4:34). Later He added, “I can do nothing on My own initiative … because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (5:30; cf. Matt. 26:39). “So that the world may know that I love the Father,” He affirmed in 14:31, “I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” In His High Priestly Prayer Jesus said to the Father, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (17:4).

The reality that Jesus came to do the will of the Father who sent Him (vv. 39–40) guarantees the salvation of the elect and their eternal security. It is the Father’s will that of all that He has given to the Son, the Son should lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. As in verse 37, the neuter form of the pronoun pas (all) views the elect as a collective unit. No part of that group, which the Father assigned to Christ in eternity past and gives to Him in time, will be lost; the fourfold promise that the Son will raise it up intact on the last day (40, 44, 54) constitutes an ironclad guarantee of eternal salvation to all true believers. Jesus reiterated that truth in the strongest terms when He declared in John 10:27–30,

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

In His High Priestly Prayer He said to the Father, “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot, who was not one of those given to Christ by the Father; cf. 6:64, 70–71], so that the Scripture would be fulfilled” (17:12).

The rest of the New Testament echoes the Lord’s teaching regarding the perseverance and protection of the saints. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:29–30,

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

The repeated phrase “He also” links the entire salvation process from eternity past to eternity future in an unbreakable chain. All whom God foreknew will be predestined, called, justified, and glorified; no one will be lost along the way (cf. 8:31–39). In Philippians 1:6 Paul expressed his confidence that “He who began a good work in [believers] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” To the Colossians he wrote, “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Col. 3:3–4). All who are united with Christ in His death will return with Him in glory (cf. Rev. 19:14). In his first epistle Peter wrote that those who are

chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood … [will] obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for [them], [because they] are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:1–2, 4–5)

In the introduction to his epistle Jude described believers as “those who are the called … kept for Jesus Christ” (Jude 1). He concluded his letter with the marvelous benediction, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (vv. 24–25).

The blessing of eternal security or the preservation and perseverance of believers is never apart from personal repentance and faith, so our Lord affirms that heaven belongs to everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him. It is they who will have eternal life (vv. 47, 54; 3:15–16, 36; 5:24; 10:28), which by its very nature can never end (3:16; 10:28; Matt. 25:46). That fact further reinforces the protection and security of believers taught in verses 37–39. The eternal life that comes through Jesus, the Bread of Life, should be sought with far more zeal than the physical bread the crowd selfishly sought.[1]

“I Am the Bread of Life”

John 6:30–35

So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

In the early years of my ministry, when I was still doing graduate work, I had opportunity to study the Book of Amos in detail. I remember from those studies a passage that gripped me then and that still grips me whenever I remember it. Amos is speaking of a day when God’s judgment will be such that there will be no one to preach true doctrine and when men and women will wander up and down and will not be able to find it. He casts the situation under the image of a famine and says, “ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it’ ” (Amos 8:11–12).

This is a horrible prophecy. But in some ways it is even more horrible to have the Lord Jesus Christ, the bread of life, available (as he is today) and yet have men refuse to come to him. Men have great hunger—a hunger for truth, righteousness, peace, joy, spiritual satisfaction, and other things. Jesus is the answer to this hunger. Yet the tragedy is that men will not come to him.

Jesus showed the wisdom of coming when he told the people who had followed him to Capernaum in Galilee, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (6:35).


Jesus had been talking to people who had been present on the other side of the Sea of Galilee when he had multiplied the loaves and fish. They were interested in having the miracle repeated. They had been taught by their rabbis that when the Messiah would come he would duplicate the miracle of the giving of manna that had been given originally by Moses. Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah. They could see that. Why, then, should they not expect him to duplicate Moses’ miracle, particularly that aspect of the miracle that had to do with his repeating it six times a week for the entire forty years of desert wandering?

The Jewish writings said, “You shall not find the manna in this age, but you shall find it in the age that is coming” (Midrash Mekilta on Exod. 16:25). “For whom has the manna been prepared? For the righteous in the age that is coming” (Midrash Tanchuma, Beshallach 21:66). “What did the first redeemer do? He brought down the manna. The last redeemer will also bring down manna” (Midrash Rabba on Eccles. 1:9).

No doubt the people had heard such sayings as these and had them in their minds. But as I study the story of this conversation it seems to me more and more that they were far less desirous of that age of messianic blessing than they were of a successful outcome to their efforts to manipulate Jesus into doing what they wanted. Manipulation! That is the real clue to their questions. Jesus had spoken of the fact that he was God’s gift to men and that God desired men to believe in him. They replied, in effect, that they would not believe unless they received a sign. We find it hard to imagine how they could overlook the sign they already had received. But they were actually saying something like this, “We admit, Jesus, that you did a wonderful thing yesterday. But before we believe in you as the Messiah we want to see a real sign. What you did was interesting, but we are Jews and we cannot forget that when Moses fed the people he did so for forty years. We will believe in you if you can do what Moses did and feed us now.”

The Lord Jesus Christ does not stoop to answer this type of arrogant question on the part of sinful men. Thus, he simply overlooked the suggestion and instead directed his remarks to the real, spiritual issue. He said two things about Moses. First, Moses did not give manna. God gave it. It was God’s miracle. Second, the manna that was given was not the true bread from the true heaven. It was only earthly bread from a visible sky. He then turned away from the person of Moses entirely and instead pointed to himself as that true bread which alone satisfies the real hunger of the human soul.

“I am the bread of life!” This solemn saying is the first of seven such sayings in John’s Gospel: “I am the bread of life” (6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5); “I am the gate” (10:7, 9); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11, 14); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6); “I am the true vine” (15:1, 5). So we take this first saying, spoken in this significant context, and we look at it for what it teaches about Christ and our condition.

The Message

It is obvious that when the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of himself as the bread, he was using an image about which everybody knew. So we turn to what people knew about bread for his meaning. What is important about bread? The first answer is that bread is necessary for life. When I was in the process of preparing this chapter I asked the following question at the dining room table one evening as a number of us were gathered around: “What makes bread important?” This was the answer I received: “Bread is necessary for life.” What is more, as we talked about it we saw that in Christ’s day bread was even more essential than in our own time, for it was the only staple in most persons’ diets. Without bread, men died. If you see that, then you also see that Jesus was claiming to be the One whom men and women could not do without.

Are you trying to do without him? Are you going your way saying, “I’ll take care of myself. I can get by. I live in an affluent age. I have a house, a car, plenty to eat, a good job, a wife, a family. I don’t need Jesus”? What if everything in this entire life should go well for you, but you should lose your soul? Would that be a gain? Would you consider it a good bargain to do without Jesus forever?

You cannot do without him. You can manage after a fashion, for a time, but you cannot survive. In another of the “I am” sayings Jesus declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (14:6). He is the life. You will remain dead spiritually without him.

Second, bread is suited for everyone. Not everyone can eat everything. Some people can never eat sweets. Others cannot eat shellfish. Some cannot eat certain kinds of meat. The nursery rhyme says, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat; his wife could eat no lean.” But bread is suited for everyone. In the same way, the Lord Jesus Christ is perfectly suited to the needs of all men. Sometimes people tell me, “Jesus may be all right for the kinds of people you talk to, but he is not for me.” That is not at all uncommon. If a person is of more than average intelligence, he tends to think that Christ is only for the dull. If he is dull, he thinks that Christ is only for the intelligent. If he is sophisticated, he thinks that Jesus is only for the common people, and so on. But Jesus is for all. He is for you. He is the Savior of the world, and that includes the peasant as well as the king on his throne. Jesus Christ is great enough and glorious enough so that you will never exhaust him either in this life or in eternity. He has what you need. What is more, he knows you and he knows how to meet that need.

Our Daily Bread

Third, bread should be eaten daily. This brings us into a whole new area, the area of the Christian life. Everything before this has had to do with trusting Christ initially. But when a person trusts Christ as Savior this is hardly the end. Actually, it is the beginning, for it brings him into a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in which he is to grow by feeding upon him day by day.

This point puts us in mind of that phrase in the Lord’s Prayer that says, “Give us today our daily bread.” There is a great emphasis upon the words “today” or “daily” in this prayer simply because by means of them the idea of a repeated fulfillment of a request occurs twice. The Lord’s Prayer has only sixty-five words (seventy-two in Greek). So anything that is repeated twice is important.

But why is it important? For many years commentators on this prayer simply did not know the exact meaning of the Greek word that is translated “daily,” for this is the only place where it occurs. They had a rough idea. The word is translated in our Bibles. Still, no one could be quite certain what precise shade of meaning to give to it. In fairly recent times, however, scholars have discovered a piece of Egyptian papyrus that seems to contain most of this word. It is part of an account book and contains the reading: “_ obol for epious—.” The writing breaks off at this point. But the word epious seems to be the Greek word epiousios (daily) minus the last three letters. The reference seems to be to something like a daily ration.

Interestingly enough, this meaning now seems to be supported by a seemingly parallel inscription in Latin found at Pompeii. This, too, is a list of expenditures, and it contains the phrase “five assess for diaria” (a term based on the Latin word for “day”). Since both these phrases seem to be part of lists itemizing what we would call a day’s supply of something for a person or group of persons, it seems right to take both words in the same sense and refer them to rations.

Put these two texts together—“Give us today our daily bread” and “I am the bread of life”—and think of the truths that emerge from them. One truth is that God cares for our bodies. The Lord’s Prayer is certainly speaking of this. Unfortunately, there always have been some in the Christian church who have tried to minimize the importance of the body on the mistaken conviction that by doing so they were somehow becoming more spiritual. But that is not right. Christianity is the only religion in the world that takes the body with full seriousness. It teaches that God gave the body as well as the soul, and that a redemption of the body as well as a redemption of the soul is part of the divine plan. Therefore, it is right to pray for this world’s needs, for food, homes, clothing, and other necessities. We have an illustration of the Lord’s concern for physical needs in the fact that he fed the multitude.

On the other hand, there is also the truth that God is able and willing to provide for our spiritual needs, and this is far more important. We have spiritual needs as well as physical needs, though in our fallen state we may not be so conscious of them. Will we allow Jesus to satisfy those needs also? All we need to do is come to him, and come daily.

Tragically, many Christians allow the love of things to intrude between themselves and Jesus and, therefore, go on being spiritually hungry. In the Old Testament we are told that this happened repeatedly with the people of Israel. We are told that they desired things instead of God. Therefore, God gave them “things” but “sent a wasting disease upon them” (Ps. 106:15). We do the same thing today. One of our hymns describes us in the terms of God’s description of the Jewish people in Old Testament times—“rich in things, but poor in soul.” Is that your condition? Perhaps you have devoted most of your life to satisfying your hunger for objects, and yet you have never looked to God in order to be fed spiritually. You pray, “Give me my physical needs.” But you have never made a habit of praying, “Give me that spiritual bread that comes down from heaven.”

Most of our hungers are all right in themselves, of course, although we often get them out of proportion. They have been put within us by God. We have a valid desire for achievement, happiness, friendship, love, and success. But it is tragic that many Christians attempt to satisfy these hungers in the world’s way while neglecting the truly satisfying task of spending time with God.

Fourth, bread also produces growth. We need to grow. The church of Jesus Christ is weak in our age, and it is weak simply because the individuals who compose it are not strong. Where are the great churches of a former age, churches filled with men and women who knew the great doctrines of the faith and were not afraid to trumpet them to a sleeping world? Where are the Augustines, the Luthers, the Calvins, and the Wesleys of our time? I do see some hopeful signs. The fact that some conservative churches are growing is hopeful. The Jesus movement is another hopeful sign. So are the great evangelistic crusades. But we do not have a strong church today. What we have is a weak, anemic Christianity, a lot of easy believism coupled with morality—and I include evangelical churches in that characterization. What is the reason for our sickly Christian postures? Undoubtedly, the reason is our deep failure to feed upon Jesus Christ who alone can make us grow.

The True Bread

Would you like to see such growth—in your church, in you personally? If so, you must feed on Jesus. This means, in the first place, that you must not look to other people as the source of your nourishment. That is what the people who had been talking to Jesus were doing. They were looking to the current teaching of their rabbis and to Moses. They were saying, “We are people of tradition. We look to what has been passed on to us by Moses through history.” Do not look to the past. Do not look to men as the source of your teaching. I know that others can be the channels of good teaching. I am trying to be that myself for many people. But it would be terrible if a person should go away from hearing sound teaching and say, “But Dr. So and So said …” when you should go out declaring, “The Lord Jesus Christ has spoken thus.” There is no power in the name of a human teacher. But there is power in that blessed name of Jesus, that name that is above all earthly names. Before him, every head shall bow and all knees bend.

In the second place, we must not look to earthly things for our satisfaction. The people of Christ’s day were doing this. Are you looking only for your earthly needs to be granted? God will satisfy your earthly needs. He has promised to do it. But if that is the whole of your desire, even your major desire, then you are never going to see a great moving of the Holy Spirit of God in your life. We need to get our minds off ourselves and our needs, and we need to focus instead on the Lord Jesus Christ and his glory. And what great glory! What a great Lord!

Have you ever thought about all that grain must pass through before it becomes bread? It must first be planted and then grow. When it is ripe it must be cut down, winnowed, ground into flour. Finally, it must be subjected to the fiery heat of the oven. Only by this process does it become able to sustain life. This is what happened to the Lord Jesus Christ in order that he might become your bread. He was born into this world. He was bruised. He was cut down by sinful men. He passed through the fires of God’s holy wrath as he took your place in judgment. This is his glory. He suffered this for you. How, then, can you refuse to feed upon him? Come to him! Draw from his fullness, and grow strong.[2]

The Bread of Life

John 6:30–36

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

As recounted in Matthew’s Gospel, the conclusion to Jesus’ Galilean ministry took place outside the city of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus brought his disciples to that center of pagan worship and asked them, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). The disciples went through the various rumors they had heard: “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (16:14). This led to Jesus’ deeper question: “But who do you say that I am?” (16:15). Peter’s answer forms the turning point in Matthew’s Gospel, known as the Great Confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (16:16).

That episode occurred shortly after the events of John 6, and corresponds with the purpose of John’s Gospel. The most important question that anyone can face is Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?”

John’s Gospel does not record that episode, but provides answers to the question through Jesus’ famous “I am” statements, the first of which occurs in John 6:35. These seven statements are worth remembering for two reasons. First, Jesus identifies himself with an expression that is awkward in the Greek language, but that makes an important point. In Greek, one may say “I am” with one of two words: ego (the pronoun for I) or eimi (the verb I am). But Jesus makes a point of using both of them, which is a redundant way of speaking. He says not ego or eimi, but ego eimi, or “I, I am.”

Ego eimi deliberately restates the words given to Moses at the burning bush. Moses had just been commissioned as Israel’s redeemer. When he asked for God’s name to tell to the people, the voice from the bush replied, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you’ ” (Ex. 3:14). The Hebrew for this name is Jehovah or Yahweh. But in the Septuagint—the Greek Old Testament widely used in Jesus’ day—it was translated as ego eimi. By applying this holy name to himself, Jesus staked an unmistakable claim to his deity.

The “I am” sayings are also important because they vividly summarize Jesus’ saving mission: “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12); “I am the door” (10:7); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6); and “I am the true vine” (15:1). To believe and prayerfully reflect on these sayings is to be nurtured into a deep, trusting faith in Christ.

Seeing but Not Believing

Powerful as Jesus’ teaching about himself was, most people reacted in unbelief. A remarkable instance of this took place in the aftermath of his miraculous feeding. Jesus had rebuked the crowd for seeking only material blessings and urged them, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (John 6:27). The people therefore asked what they should do, and Jesus taught them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (6:29).

Having witnessed this miracle and having been called to faith by Jesus in person, the crowd, remarkably, responded by demanding another sign: “So they said to him, ‘Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?’ ” (John 6:30).

It would be hard to imagine a more vivid testimonial to the depravity of the human heart than this. Even after Jesus replies with the first of his “I am” sayings, he ends up complaining, “I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe” (John 6:36). How are we to account for this astonishing unbelief?

First, according to the Bible, a reason that people do not believe is the spiritual inability arising from their sinful condition. Paul explains, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Here, man’s inability is ascribed to spiritual deadness. In another place, Paul says, “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law, indeed, it cannot” (Rom. 8:7). Here, unbelief is explained by man’s rebellious hostility to God and his ways. Until they are born again, all people are spiritually dead and hostile to God.

The second of these reasons is on display in John 6. The people asked for a sign not because the miraculous feeding was insufficiently revealing. They asked because they didn’t like what Jesus was saying; their demand for another sign was just a way of putting him off. Jesus had called on them to change their attitude. Since they did not want to do that, they sought to justify their unbelief. How often this happens today! People spend their entire lives in a world that manifestly displays the glory of God. And they receive testimonies both from Christians and from the Bible sufficient to persuade them about any other matter. Yet they respond to the gospel with one objection after another.

At its root, man’s unwillingness to accept Jesus is really a moral and spiritual inability. People love their sin, they love their pride, and they especially love their own lordship over their lives. Like fallen Lucifer in Milton’s Paradise Lost, they hard-heartedly declare, “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n.” Cornelius Van Til states the truth about both this crowd and the persistent skeptic today: “These men are sinners. They have ‘an axe to grind.’ They want to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. They will employ their reason for that purpose.”3 Determined to be their own god, their own savior, and their own lord, they find reason after reason to reject Jesus Christ.

This unbelieving crowd proves that the adage “Seeing is believing” is not true. They had seen proof positive of Christ’s deity, but still would not believe. The reality is that when it comes to spiritual matters, we need to reverse the principle: we must believe in order to see. This is as important to the believer as to the unbeliever. How many Christians doubt God’s loving care whenever a trial comes, despite having seen abundant proofs of his faithfulness. Like the unbelieving crowd, we demand for God to give a sign, despite knowing that he has sent his own Son to die for our sin and innumerable other mercies. “O you of little faith!” Jesus often told his disciples. If we will believe his Word and trust him at all times, our eyes will be open to see the sovereign hands that uphold us in every affliction.

Faith comes not from seeing but from believing the Word of God. It is through God’s Word that we are born again (1 Peter 1:23), and the result of being born again is that we believe and understand God’s Word. But if we will not believe the Word of Christ, then no multitude of signs, evidences, or reasons will ever penetrate our foolish hearts.

The Manna from Heaven

If the crowd would not consider the salvation that Jesus offered, then what specifically did they have in mind? They answered: “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat’ ” (John 6:31).

These were religious unbelievers. They knew their Bibles—or at least they thought they did. And since the miracle of multiplying the loaves so obviously recalled the great miracle of the exodus, when God provided for Israel in the desert by sending manna from heaven, they thought this would be a good way for Jesus to satisfy their doubts. After all, if he was going to claim to be greater than Moses, then he ought to at least do what Moses did. Jesus had fed them only one meal, but Moses had fed Israel for forty years!

As with many religious unbelievers today, the problem was that they did not really know their Bibles. Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven” (John 6:32). The book of Exodus reveals that it was not Moses who sent the manna from heaven. Moses was only God’s messenger. When the people had complained about their fears of hunger, God said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day” (Ex. 16:4). This warns us against our tendency to focus on God’s human instruments—famous preachers and great leaders—instead of realizing that all our blessings come only from God. This also pointed out the difference between Moses and Jesus, who by God’s power had fed the five thousand from his own hands.

If this explanation was not enough, Jesus followed it up with a bold and open claim to his own deity: “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). Not only did Jesus perform the miracle by God’s power, but he adds that God’s great provision for the world’s need was his own coming into the world. Jesus came into the world “down from heaven”—that alone is a bold claim to his deity—and, as bread gives life to the body, Jesus gives “life to the world.”

The True Bread

If we ever grow impatient in our witnessing, Jesus’ example helps us to persevere. Not able to think on a higher realm than the material, and unmindful of their greater spiritual needs, the crowd responded, “Sir, give us this bread always” (John 6:34). We can easily imagine Jesus’ throwing up his hands and giving up on these people, but instead he appealed to them with the first of his great “I am” sayings: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst’ ” (6:35).

Jesus is the “true bread” that the Father gives (John 6:32). This shows the relationship between the Old Testament signs and the New Testament reality in Christ. The manna given in the exodus was real—it actually fed the people—but Jesus was the true fulfillment of what it represented. This is the case with all the Old Testament symbols, or “types,” of Christ. Israel had Moses as a redeemer, but Jesus is the true Redeemer. Jerusalem had a temple, but Jesus is the true temple where God meets with man. John obviously wants us to realize this relationship, because he frequently brings up Old Testament figures that are fulfilled in Christ. The first was Jacob’s ladder, which showed “heaven opened,” with “angels of God ascending and descending” (1:51). Jesus is the true stairway to heaven. The second was the bronze serpent that Moses lifted up to save those dying from snakebite (3:14). But it is truly by looking to the cross of Christ that we are saved from the curse of sin. Likewise, God sent manna to care for the people’s needs, but Jesus is the true Bread that meets our greatest need.

There is another sense in which Jesus is the true Bread. Bread speaks of fulfillment and satisfaction, and Jesus is the One who gives these truly. This is one of the greatest lessons we can ever learn in a world that fails to deliver on its promises. An example comes from the life of William Somerset Maugham, one of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century. His novel Of Human Bondage is a recognized classic, and his play The Constant Wife has had thousands of stagings. He enjoyed incredible popularity, receiving an average of three hundred fan letters a week, and he had fabulous wealth. But his wildest dreams of success failed to satisfy him. His nephew, Robin Maugham, visited him shortly before his death in his villa on the Mediterranean Sea, filled with valuable furniture and works of art and served by eleven servants, including a cook who was the envy of all the other millionaires on the Riviera.

Robin was a Christian and had sent his uncle a Bible. When he arrived, he found him reading Jesus’ words, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Maugham said, “I must tell you, my dear Robin, that the text used to hang opposite my bed when I was a child.… Of course, it’s all a lot of bunk. But the thought is quite interesting all the same.” But that evening after dinner, Maugham flung himself down onto the sofa: “Oh, Robin, I’m so tired.” Burying his face in his hands, he went on, “I’ve been a failure the whole way through my life.” Robin tried to encourage him: “You’re the most famous writer alive. Surely that means something?” “I wish I’d never written a single word,” he answered. “It’s brought me nothing but misery.… And now it’s too late to change. It’s too late.…” At that point his face contorted with fear, and staring into space with horror, he shrieked, “Go away! I’m not ready.… I’m not dead yet.… I’m not dead yet, I tell you.…” Then he began to gasp hysterically. Shortly after Robin’s visit, his uncle died.

Maugham’s problem was that he possessed a soul. And none of the bread of this world was suited to feed his soul. But Jesus is the true Bread. In the way that bread gathers up the life found in the natural world so that the body that eats it takes in that life, Jesus contains the life of God. He said, “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself” (John 5:26). Therefore, the soul that receives Jesus by faith is fed with the very life of God.

The Bread “of Life”

Jesus said that he is the Bread “of life.” He came “down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). A. W. Pink explains, “The Father’s provision for a dying world was to send from heaven His only begotten Son.”

From this first “I am” statement, we can make several important observations. First, in the same way that our bodies depend on bread, Jesus is necessary for the life of our souls. J. C. Ryle comments, “We can manage tolerably well without many things on our table, but not without bread. So it is with Christ. We must have Christ, or die in our own sins.” Are you trying to live without Christ? You might satisfy your ego with success. You might satisfy your material needs with money or your desires with pleasure. But you will never satisfy the inescapable needs of your soul without Jesus Christ.

Second, Jesus, like bread, is suited for everyone. Caviar is not a food that pleases all. In the words of the nursery rhyme, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat; his wife could eat no lean.” But there is a reason why restaurants serve bread to everyone before they even order from the menu. James Montgomery Boice applies this truth: “Jesus is for all. He is for you. He is the Savior of the world, and that includes the peasant as well as the king on his throne.… He has what you need. What is more, he knows you and he knows how to meet that need.”

Third, just as bread is eaten daily, Jesus is our daily need. It is not enough to meet with Jesus one day a week. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us … our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11), and so it is with him. Pink writes, “If the Christian fails to feed on Christ daily … he will be weak and sickly.”

Fourth, just as bread must be chewed and swallowed, Christians must feed on Jesus by faith. Jesus especially applied this principle to his Word. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). The hearts of children are fed by the kind and loving words of their parents. An army feeds on the brave words of its leaders. A nation feeds on the inspiring speeches of its best politicians. But nothing compares to the Word of God to feed the soul of every man, woman, and child. In the same way, a church is well fed and grows spiritually through the bread of God’s Word as it brings us in faith to Jesus Christ.

If we are living in a weak age of the church, the reason is found here. Christians are feeding on the world instead of on the Word. Biblical doctrine is considered irrelevant. Surveys show that a majority of evangelical Christians cannot list the Ten Commandments. Detailed knowledge of the Psalms, the Sermon on the Mount, the “I ams” of Christ, and the so-called Romans Road were staples of earlier generations that won their world for the gospel. If we find that the influence of our lives is weak, that our witness is weak, and that our collective impact on society is weak, it can only be because we are weak through neglecting the bread of God’s Word.

Fifth, Jesus must have thought of the miracle he had just performed. Matthew 14:19 records that after he had given thanks to the Father, he “broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples.” Likewise, Jesus is the Bread of Life because he was broken on the cross for our sins. He made this explicit when he instituted the Lord’s Supper. Paul tells us that he “took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you’ ” (1 Cor. 11:23–24).

“How,” you may ask, “can Jesus be the Bread of Life for the world?” The answer is that he died to pay the penalty of our sins, so that through faith in him we might be restored to fellowship with God. He rose from the dead to usher in a new kind of life for those who believe. Then, having ascended into heaven, he lives even now to send life through the Holy Spirit to those who believe.

Coming to Jesus

It cannot be an accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” Those who came to witness his birth were fed in their hearts. This crowd that came to Jesus was likewise fed. This shows that if Jesus is the Bread of Life, we must come to him. He said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Jesus combines two whoever statements that tell us what it means to come to him. He joins “whoever comes to me” with “whoever believes in me.” We come to Jesus by believing in him. Have you done that? Or do you persist with new demands, just as the crowd asked for yet another sign? If you do not come—if you do not believe—you will hunger until your spirit finally dies.

But look at Jesus’ promise: “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” This means that in coming to Jesus, we will always be watered and fed. We will be weak, but coming to Jesus will make us strong. In turmoil, we will find peace. In grief, we will gain comfort. In confusion, we will see truth. Coming to Jesus is the answer to all our spiritual needs, and Jesus promises always to provide.

Coming to Jesus starts with realizing the hunger of your soul. Do you not realize how unfulfilling life is apart from fellowship with the Son of God? Do you not realize that your need for new experiences, new thrills, and new achievements merely proves that you were made for something higher? God’s provision for our highest, eternal needs is Jesus Christ, the true Bread whom God has sent into the world.

“Whoever will come” means you. And if you will come to Jesus, you will not need another. You may come to him every day of your life, for unending days in all eternity, and be satisfied again and again. If you come to Jesus, you will say with the Song of Solomon, “He is altogether lovely” (Song 5:16 kjv). And if you walk with Jesus as a disciple, you will come to realize the same truth that Peter did: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).[3]

35. I am the bread of life. First, he shows that the bread, which they asked in mockery, is before their eyes; and, next, he reproves them. He begins with doctrine, to make it more evident that they were guilty of ingratitude. There are two parts of the doctrine; for he shows whence we ought to seek life, and how we may enjoy it. We know what gave occasion to Christ to use those metaphors; it was because manna and daily food had been mentioned. But still this figure is better adapted to teach ignorant persons than a simple style. When we eat bread for the nourishment of the body, we see more clearly not only our own weakness, but also the power of divine grace, than if, without bread, God were to impart a secret power to nourish the body itself. Thus, the analogy which is traced between the body and the soul, enables us to perceive more clearly the grace of Christ. For when we learn that Christ is the bread by which our souls must be fed, this penetrates more deeply into our hearts than if Christ simply said that he is our life.

It ought to be observed, however, that the word bread does not express the quickening power of Christ so fully as we feel it; for bread does not commence life, but nourishes and upholds that life which we already possess. But, through the kindness of Christ, we not only continue to possess life, but have the beginning of life, and therefore the comparison is partly inappropriate; but there is no inconsistency in this, for Christ adapts his style to the circumstances of the discourse which he formerly delivered. Now the question had been raised, Which of the two was more eminent in feeding men, Moses or Christ himself? This is also the reason why he calls it bread only, for it was only the manna that they objected to him, and, therefore, he reckoned it enough to contrast with it a different kind of bread. The simple doctrine is, “Our souls do not live by an intrinsic power, so to speak, that is, by a power which they have naturally in themselves, but borrow life from Christ.”

He who cometh to me. He now defines the way of taking this food; it is when we receive Christ by faith. For it is of no avail to unbelievers that Christ is the bread of life, because they remain always empty; but then does Christ become our bread, when we come to him as hungry persons, that he may fill us. To come to Christ and to believe mean, in this passage, the same thing; but the former word is intended to express the effect of faith, namely, that it is in consequence of being driven by the feeling of our hunger that we fly to Christ to seek life.

Those who infer from this passage that to eat Christ is faith, and nothing else, reason inconclusively. I readily acknowledge that there is no other way in which we eat Christ than by believing; but the eating is the effect and fruit of faith rather than faith itself. For faith does not look at Christ only as at a distance, but embraces him, that he may become ours and may dwell in us. It causes us to be incorporated with him, to have life in common with him, and, in short, to become one with him, (John 17:21.) It is therefore true that by faith alone we eat Christ, provided we also understand in what manner faith unites us to him.

Shall never thirst. This appears to be added without any good reason; for the office of bread is not to quench thirst, but to allay hunger. Christ therefore attributes to bread more than its nature allows. I have already said, that he employs the word bread alone, because it was required by the comparison between the manna and the heavenly power of Christ, by which our souls are sustained in life. At the same time, by the word bread, he means in general all that nourishes us, and that according to the ordinary custom of his nation. For the Hebrews, by the figure of speech called synecdoche, use the word bread for dinner or supper; and when we ask from God our daily bread, (Matth. 6:11,) we include drink and all the other parts of life. The meaning therefore is, “Whoever shall betake himself to Christ, to have life from him, will want nothing, but will have in abundance all that contributes to sustain life.”[4]

35 We now encounter the first of the seven famous “I am” statements in the fourth gospel—“I am the bread of life.” The OT background is God’s response to Moses, who has asked him what to tell those who inquire concerning the name of the one who sent him. God reveals his name as “I am who I am.” He chooses to be known and worshiped as “I am” (Ex 3:14). In John 8:58 Jesus applies the name to himself (“before Abraham was born, I am!”). There is a difference of opinion, however, as to the extent to which Jesus is emphasizing his own deity in the seven “I am” statements. Though Brown, 269, says that “egō eimi with a predicate does not reveal Jesus’ essence but reflects his dealings with men,” it is difficult to escape the conclusion that when Jesus uses an “I am” statement, he intends it to be understood in a revelatory sense.

Jesus corrects their misunderstanding. He is not the giver of the bread—God the Father does that—he is the bread itself. The bread of life is the “bread that gives life” (Goodspeed). Ryle, 3:373, says that Jesus “intended to be to the soul what bread is to the body: its food.” It follows that whoever comes to Jesus will “never go [away] hungry” and whoever believes in him will “never be thirsty.” The parallel clauses interpret one another: coming to Jesus (see vv. 37, 44, 45, 65 in ch. 6 alone) is simply another way of portraying what it means to believe. It is more than mental acquiescence; it involves the activity of the will. It is the vital response of the human person to the invitation of God. While it is true that all who believe must be “drawn” to God (6:44, 65), it is equally true that none are forced against their will to go; each must “come.”

It is important to understand what Jesus means by his promise that those who come believing will never be thirsty or go hungry. It does not mean that they will no longer have any desire for spiritual things. What it does mean is well stated by Morris, 366, who says that “it rules out forever the possibility of that unsatisfied hunger.” Or as Carson, 288, puts it, “It does mean there is no longer that core emptiness that the initial encounter with Jesus has met.” Jesus’ promise is sometimes contrasted with Wisdom’s statement in Sirach 24:21, “Those who eat of me will hunger for more, and those who drink of me will thirst for more.” But the two statements are complementary rather than contradictory. Spiritual food both satisfies and creates the desire for more. What is permanently satisfied by eating the bread of life is the deep-seated hunger in the hearts of people created in the image of God. He created us for fellowship with himself, and nothing short of that intimate association will ever satisfy.[5]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 244–251). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 475–480). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 384–392). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 249–251). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 444–445). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

February 1 Begin Now!

scripture reading: Psalm 63
key verse: Mark 1:35

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Intimacy with Jesus Christ is one of the most important elements of the Christian life. It involves a lifelong journey filled with joy and immense pleasure. However, learning to love God takes time and a deep desire to get to know Him. Jesus made a point of being alone with the Father. He rose early to be alone in prayer.

Even as complicated as life is, there is still a place where you can find hope and the assurance of a greater love than anything this world has to offer. God’s presence is the place. It is open to you any time of the day or night.

You have known times of weakness when you would have given anything to know that everything was going to turn out all right. God waits for you. He is the One who has given you life, and He alone knows the needs of your heart.

In being alone with Him, you discover a deeper wisdom that is fit to handle even the toughest situations. How do you start, especially if you have never scheduled regular time to be alone with God?

Begin this very minute. Close your eyes and sit for a moment without saying anything. Just focus your heart on God and the fact that He loves you more than anything else. Then pray and ask Him to give you a desire to get to know Him better. He will never turn you away but waits for you with open arms.

Thank You, Lord, for the assurance that You love me and desire to fellowship with me. Give me the desire to get to know You better. I am starting right now as I wait in silence in Your presence.[1]

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

1 february (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Why are men saved?

“Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake.” Psalm 106:8

suggested further reading: 1 Peter 1:1, 2

Jesus Christ is the Saviour; but not more so than God the Father, or God the Holy Spirit. Some persons who are ignorant of the system of divine truth think of God the Father as being a great being full of wrath, and anger, and justice, but having no love, they think of God the Spirit perhaps as a mere influence proceeding from the Father and the Son. Now, nothing can be more incorrect than such opinions. It is true the Son redeems me, but then the Father gave the Son to die for me, and the Father chose me in the everlasting election of his grace. The Father blots out my sin; the Father accepts me and adopts me into his family through Christ. The Son could not save without the Father any more than the Father without the Son; and as for the Holy Spirit, if the Son redeems, do you not know that the Holy Spirit regenerates? It is he that makes us new creatures in Christ, who “begets us again unto a lively hope,” who purifies our soul, who sanctifies our spirit, and who, at last, presents us spotless and faultless before the throne of the Most High, accepted in the beloved. When you say, “Saviour,” remember there is a Trinity in that word—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, this Saviour being three persons under one name. You cannot be saved by the Son without the Father, nor by the Father without the Son, nor by Father and Son without the Spirit. But as they are one in creation, so are they one in salvation, working together in one God for our salvation, and unto that God be glory everlasting, world without end. Amen.

for meditation: We are to be baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) in acknowledgement of the fact that all three persons of the Trinity have accomplished our salvation.

sermon no. 115[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 39). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

S&P completing a major topping pattern? — Kimble Charting Solutions

What a past 4-months its been for the S&P 500!

It hits its 261% extension level of the 2007 highs and 2009 lows in late September and it then proceeds to fall nearly 18% in the last 3-months of the year. Following this large decline, the S&P closes the first month of the year with a very impressive rally, gaining around 9%.

Could all of this back and forth action be creating a topping pattern highlighted above? Possible

What clues might we look for in determining if a topping process is in the making? One clue should come from the bond market!

Below looks at the yield on the 10-year note over the past few decades-

The 10-year yield has created a series of lower highs since the early 1980s, creating a strong falling resistance line. When yields came near this falling resistance line in 2000 & 2007, yields peaked and so did stocks.

As the S&P was hitting its 261% extension level last fall, yields were hitting this multi-decade resistance line at the same time. After hitting this resistance line, yields fell hard and stocks did as well.

Yields are now testing an important support point at (1).

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am-What yield do at (1) should go a long way to determining if the S&P is making an important topping pattern!

S&P completing a major topping pattern? — Kimble Charting Solutions