Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Here Is Love — The Thirsty Theologian

Here Is Love

imageHere is love, vast as the ocean,
loving-kindness as the flood,
when the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
throughout heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion
fountains opened deep and wide;
through the floodgates of God’s mercy
flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
poured incessant from above,
and heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
kissed a guilty world in love.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting
as I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and pow’r on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).



The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

via In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Here Is Love — The Thirsty Theologian

February 2 How to Deal with Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:15–23

Key Verse: Romans 6:22

Now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

You accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, recognizing that He paid the penalty for your sins on the cross. You know that you’re forgiven, cleansed, and righteous in God’s eyes. But still, a particular sin plagues you. You think it’s gone and the fight is over, but the temptation comes back. You cave in again at a moment of weakness or a time when your guard is down. Maybe you even wonder how God can still love you.

You’re not alone. Paul expressed the same sentiment of frustration and exasperation. He said, “For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish” (Rom. 7:19 nasb). Paul knew that even though he was saved, the power of sin was still there, doing daily battle with his new nature.

What is the solution? First, you must see your sin, including recurring sin, for what it is—an offense against a holy God that can be removed only by the blood of Jesus. Confess the specific sin to Him, and refuse to become entangled by false guilt. You’re forgiven freely.

Remember that you belong to Him completely; nothing else has the power to hold you captive. Turn to the One who frees you from sin when temptation strikes, and you will win every time.

Heavenly Father, I confess my recurring sins as offenses against You. Please cleanse them by the blood of Jesus. Remove my guilt, and let me realize I am forgiven and set free. Nothing has the power to hold me captive.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 35). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

EChurch@Wartburg 2/2/18 — The Wartburg Watch

The Face of Grace by Wade Burleson

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

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A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world
rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures:
Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary,
and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest
promised to your people in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Nicene Creed (From LCMS)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Hosea 1 NIV

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash[a] king of Israel:

Hosea’s Wife and Children
2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the Lordsaid, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.[b]

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.[c]


Wade Burleson: A Mind that Thinks “Never Seeking, Always Pursued” from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.


The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

via EChurch@Wartburg 2/2/18 —

How Can I Know God?

How can I know God? Paul’s Letter to the Romans tells the important true story about who we are, what we need, and what God has done for us. Paul writes that “There is none righteous not even one… there is none who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). We have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23) – separation from God. But God offers the incredible gift of eternal life by belief in Jesus (Romans 6:23). We can be justified (or declared by God to be righteous) by grace through the redemption in Christ (Romans 3:24), by belief in Him (Romans 3:28). We can know God in a personal way.

Being declared righteous (or justified) gives us peace with God (Romans 5:1), so we are no longer condemned by Him (Romans 8:1), and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:34-39) – so we are secure in Him forever! What a joy to know that one day we will be like Christ and will be glorified with Christ (Romans 8:28-30). Then we will know God face to face!

John records the words of Jesus telling the story this way: that we are in need of being spiritually reborn (John 3:7), and that by believing in Jesus we are granted eternal life (John 3:16, 6:47) and we can know God (John 17:3).

But what do we need to know about Jesus to believe in Him? Paul answers this in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, in what he calls the “gospel” (or good news): “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He adds that this gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). We need to understand that He died to pay for sin on our behalf (so we wouldn’t have to pay the un-payable debt ourselves), and we need to understand that He was qualified to pay that debt – His resurrection proved that He was capable of paying that price for us. Anyone can die, but only Christ could die for someone else, because He had no guilt for which He had to pay. So, we are saved by grace through believing in Jesus, and we can believe in Him (or put our trust in Him), understanding who He is and what He did for us.

Some might think that is the end of the story: believe in Him and have eternal life. But that is really only the beginning. Those who have believed in Him are new creations, and old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have new life in Him, and that new life is designed so that we can know Him – to have a close relationship with Him (John 17:3). We get to know Him better by studying the Bible (Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17), and we talk to Him in prayer (1 Peter 5:7, Colossians 3:16-17). The more we study what He has said, the better we can understand what is His design for our lives (Romans 12:1-2).

We can be very thankful for His grace – that God loved us (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4) enough to give us life by grace through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:4-10). We can be encouraged, knowing that life has meaning (Ephesians 2:10), and that we can know God and walk with Him, confidently facing the challenges of life.

—Dr. Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D, serves as President of Calvary University and as Research Professor of Bible and Theology. He has formerly served in executive and faculty roles at Southern California Seminary as Chief Academic Officer and Research Professor of Bible and Theology, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary as President and Professor of Bible and Theology. He has served in several pastoral roles and has also held teaching positions at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Southern Bible Institute. He is the author and general editor of more than a dozen books, and his articles are published at http://www.drcone.com. Christopher lives in the Kansas City area with his wife Cathy, and their two daughters, Christiana, and Cara Grace.

Source: How Can I Know God?

Same Obama Appointed – Mueller Selected Judge Who Keeps Manafort in Solitary Confinement Threatens Gag Order on Roger Stone! — The Gateway Pundit

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed liberal judge with a corrupt disposition and anger towards Americans who think differently than Obama, continues put her own distorted interpretation of reality ahead of the US Constitution.

She is now overseeing Roger Stone’s case and is threatening to put Stone under a gag order while she continues to abuse Paul Manafort by keeping him in solitary confinement.

We reported months ago and again in May 2018, that Obama appointed liberal activist Judge Amy Berman Jackson, was assigned to the most important court case in US history, the Manfort case in the Trump – Russia fake investigation.  Now she has been assigned to another Mueller case, the Roger Stone case.  With thousands of judges in the US, it is no accident that this corrupt judge is overseeing another dirty cop Mueller case –

As we’ve previously reported, Judge Jackson has a horrible far left record on the bench. In 2013 Judge Jackson rejected arguments from the Catholic Church that Obamacare’s requirements that employers provide cost free coverage to contraceptive services in spite of being contrary to their religious beliefs. Her judgement was overturned by the Supreme Court.

In 2017 Judge Jackson dismissed the wrongful death suit against Hillary Clinton filed by two of the families who lost loved ones in Benghazi. The families argued that Clinton had done little to help their sons and then lied to cover it up.

Then on January 19, 2018, Paul Manafort’s case was reassigned to Judge Jackson, a few weeks after being filed.

POLL: Should President Trump Pardon Roger Stone?

It is unknown why she was assigned to this case or by whom. What is clear is that with her atrocious and slanted record to date, the Deep State and the Mueller team certainly wanted Judge Jackson overseeing the Manafort case and this is supported by her record to date.

On January 3, 2018, we reported that Paul Manafort filed a suit against the “Deep State” DOJ (Jeff Sessions), Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein and Corrupt Investigator Robert Mueller that should have shut down Mueller’s corrupt investigation!

We reported for months on the many criminal and corrupt actions taken by numerous parties related to the Mueller investigation. Mueller never should have taken on the job in the first place due to numerous conflicts. He is best friends with fired leaker and former FBI Director James Comey. He met with Comey shortly before Comey testified with Congress and stratigized with him. For this alone he should have recused himself. The team Mueller built to attack President Trump and have him removed is all Deep State liberal attorneys and crooks. Mueller’s record in the past is scattered with actions that let the Clintons off scot-free on numerous occasions when they should have been put in jail.

We now know that the FBI had an investigation into the Clintons and moneys they received from Russia in return for giving Russia 20% of all US uranium. Prior to the Obama administration approving the very controversial Uranium One deal in 2010 handing Russia 20% of America’s Uranium, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin. The FBI approved the deal anyway.  We also know that Rosenstein and Mueller were the ones who allowed the Uranium One deal to go forward. This was the real Russia collusion story involving the US government.

We know that Mueller’s team illegally obtained documents related to the Trump transition team and these emails were protected under attorney-client privilege. Mueller and his entire team should have resigned after this.

But perhaps one of the most damning aspects of the Mueller investigation is that it is not legal. The corrupt Mueller investigation is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility. Mueller is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable.

FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett explained this in an article in 2017 that the entire Mueller investigation is lawless. Jarrett argued that:

… George Papadopoulos pled guilty to a single charge of making a false statement to the FBI. He was not charged with so-called “collusion” because no such crime exists in American statutory law, except in anti-trust matters. It has no application to elections and political campaigns.

It is not a crime to talk to a Russian. Not that the media would ever understand that. They have never managed to point to a single statute that makes “colluding” with a foreign government in a political campaign a crime, likely because it does not exist in the criminal codes.

Jarrett then turned his attention to Corrupt Hillary:

It is against the law for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to funnel millions of dollars to a British spy and to Russian sources in order to obtain the infamous and discredited Trump “dossier.” The Federal Election Campaign Act (52 USC 30101) prohibits foreign nationals and governments from giving or receiving money in U.S. campaigns. It also prohibits the filing of false or misleading campaign reports to hide the true purpose of the money (52 USC 30121). This is what Clinton and the DNC appear to have done.

Most often the penalty for violating this law is a fine, but in egregious cases, like this one, criminal prosecutions have been sought and convictions obtained. In this sense, it could be said that Hillary Clinton is the one who was conspiring with the Russians by breaking campaign finance laws with impunity.

But that’s not all. Damning new evidence appears to show that Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband. Secret recordings, intercepted emails, financial records, and eyewitness accounts allegedly show that Russian nuclear officials enriched the Clintons at the very time Hillary presided over a governing body which unanimously approved the sale of one-fifth of America’s uranium supply to Russia.

If this proves to be a corrupt “pay-to-play” scheme, it would constitute a myriad of crimes, including bribery (18 USC 201-b), mail fraud (18 USC 1341), and wire fraud (18 USC 1343). It might also qualify for racketeering charges (18 USC 1961-1968), if her foundation is determined to have been used as a criminal enterprise.

The US statutory law is clear and Jarrett points it out. He concluded with the following –

…Mueller’s appointment by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein violated the special counsel law.

As I pointed out in a column last May, the law (28 CFR 600) grants legal authority to appoint a special counsel to investigate crimes. Only crimes. He has limited jurisdiction. Yet, in his order appointing Mueller as special counsel (Order No. 3915-2017), Rosenstein directed him to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” It fails to identify any specific crimes, likely because none are applicable.

To put it plainly, Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility. He is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable.

Manafort sued the DOJ, Mueller and Rosenstein because what they are doing is not supported by US Law.

Manafort’s case also argued in paragraph 33 of its filing that the special counsel put in place by crooked Rosenstein gave crooked and criminal Mueller powers that are not permitted by law. Mueller was given the latitude to investigate whatever he wanted to and that is not permitted by the law. Manafort’s filing paragraph 33 stated –

But paragraph (b)(ii) of the Appointment Order purports to grant Mr. Mueller further authority to investigate and prosecute “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” That grant of authority is not authorized by DOJ’s special counsel regulations. It is not a “specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated.” Nor is it an ancillary power to address efforts to impede or obstruct investigation under 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).

Manafort’s case was solid but the judge was Obama’s corrupt liberal Judge Jackson. On April 27, 2018, Judge Jackson dismissed Manafort’s plea.

Judge Jackson is not only wrong in her judgements, she is also overly abusive to Manafort. She scolded Manafort and his team for a statement his spokesman issued maintaining his innocence and said the comments appeared to run afoul of the order she issued in November limiting public statements about the case by lawyers involved and by the defendants. Of course she says nothing about the many leaks from the corrupt Mueller team.

In May 2018 Judge Jackson addressed another argument from the Manafort team and basically threw it out as well. (There’s no way Manafort is getting a fair trial with Judge Jackson overseeing his case.)

A federal judge delivered a setback to President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday by refusing to throw out some of the criminal charges against him.

Manafort’s legal team had argued in a Washington, D.C., court that he was being charged twice for the same offense of lying to federal officials. Manafort maintained that the stacking up charges could negatively influence a jury against him, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, however, said in a ruling Friday that any harm or prejudice Manafort could face would be handled by giving the jury “proper” instructions, according to the AP.

The judge dismissed the motion from Manafort without prejudice, meaning he can revisit it after his trial in the case, which is scheduled for September, the AP noted.

The corrupt and criminal Mueller team worked with Obama Appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson to place President Trump’s former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort in solitary confinement. This was a conscious action to literally torture Manafort for working with Trump during the campaign.

Bernard Kerik at Newsmax wrote an excellent post on why Manafort was placed in solitary confinement. According to Kerik –

In a very small regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, sits Bob Mueller’s big fish, Paul Manafort.

Mueller, the U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel appointed to investigate any possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, has charged Manafort with multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering, tax crimes, false statements, and anything else they can wad into a big ball and throw up against the wall to see what sticks.

After his arrest, Manafort was placed on house arrest on a $10 million-dollar bail, until the government recently accused him of witness tampering and convinced U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to revoke his bail, and remand him to jail pending trail.

To a casual observer, this would seem justified, however, to anyone that has been through it, or has witnessed the government’s selective and political prosecutions over the past few decades, they would tell you that it is all a part of a prosecutorial strategy.

Solitary confinement in prison lingo is also referred to as a special housing unit (SHU), or punitive segregation unit (PSU), and their individual cells are called a box, hole, or cage.

It’s basically a deathtrap. A 12′ x 8′ solid steel or concrete box with a metal bed, stainless steel sink and toilet, and if you’re lucky, a small concrete or metal writing table and stool. On the solid steel metal door, there may be a 4 x 24-inch window that gives the inmate a slight view of the outside corridor, that can be blackened out by the correction staff at a moment’s notice.

Kerik continues –

Where prison itself demeans, degrades, and demoralizes a defendant, solitary confinement goes far beyond the normal deprivation of freedom, where the strain of isolation can cause a prisoner to suffer from manic depression, hopelessness and despair, paranoia, anxiety and, quite often experience hallucinations. It can send suicidal prisoners over the edge, and incite juveniles to act out.

Pre-trial inmates can easily be manipulated into confessions and or guilty pleas, with promises or suggestions of being released from the box, and quite often they will do anything to be freed from the mentally and emotionally breaking cell, including lying, and pleading guilty to something they never did.

Again later in 2018, corrupt Judge Jackson –

…denied a request by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

Manafort’s lawyers had sought to limit the scope of evidence that prosecutors can rely on for his upcoming September trial in Washington, D.C., claiming that the search warrant was overly broad and unconstitutional.

“Given the nature of the investigation, the warrant was not too broad in scope,” wrote Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in her ruling.

No individual who disagrees with Obama will receive justice in Judge Jackson’s court.

Manafort’s only crime is he worked for and supported President Trump during his campaign for the Presidency. The Mueller team is a national travesty. It will go down in history as the most corrupt and criminal enterprise in US history. Corrupt Judge Jackson is part of this corrupt enterprise.

Attorney Sydney Powell discussed the many corrupt actions that Mueller’s number one in command, Andrew Weissmann has taken during his career. Thousands of individuals lost their jobs with former accounting firm Arthur Andersen and four individuals who worked for Merrill Lynch were sent to prison with at least one in solitary confinement.

Now the most corrupt judge in US history is assigned to the Mueller gang’s case against Roger Stone.  There is no way this assignment was random.  Stone will soon be put under the same gag order corrupt Judge Jackson put Paul Manafort under while Manafort continues to sit in solitary confinement.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson should be thrown in jail for her blatant abuse of the US judicial system in torturing and destroying those who worked with President Trump.  She should be held to the same criminal treatment that she has taken on too many people to date. Americans want justice!

via Same Obama Appointed – Mueller Selected Judge Who Keeps Manafort in Solitary Confinement Threatens Gag Order on Roger Stone! — The Gateway Pundit

HATE HOAX: Jussie Smollett’s Story Falls Apart – “Persons of Interest” Were Walking Away, Not in the Area – Jussie Was Carrying Sandwich When He Returned Home — The Gateway Pundit

The Jussie Smollett ‘assault’ story continues to fall apart before our eyes.

And, once again, the American media took the bait and ran with the unsubstantiated and ludicrous allegations by a vocal Trump-hating leftist.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrived in Chicago on Monday night. He was out to get fast food at 2 a.m.  when he was allegedly attacked by two Trump supporters in MAGA hats who recognized him in the freezing cold, beat him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.

It was -15 to -30 degrees wind chill on Tuesday morning.

Smollett’s story keeps changing.

The manager later told police he overheard the assault.


Jessie Smollett said he was assaulted and suffered a cracked rib but condo surveillance video shows Smollett walking past security to the elevator without telling them he had just been attacked by thugs who “beat the hell out of him” and “broke his ribs.”

Via Michelle Malkin:

And Jessie Smollett says he was talking to his manager during the assault but he won’t turn over his phone.

Now this…
The Associated Press reported that police had released images of “persons of interest” from surveillance camera footage, but were unable to find footage of Smollett being attacked.

The persons depicted in the police release were said to be walking away from the scene prior to 1:45AM.

Jussie refused to turn his phone over.

Jussie claims he got his ass beat in -15 degree weather but at least they didn’t take his sandwich!

via HATE HOAX: Jussie Smollett’s Story Falls Apart – “Persons of Interest” Were Walking Away, Not in the Area – Jussie Was Carrying Sandwich When He Returned Home — The Gateway Pundit

Christians, Stay Away From Psychology! — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

I’ve previously posted many articles about the fraudulent and spiritually dangerous teachings and practices of psychology, especially a 7-part series in November 2011.  However, I just found a sheet in my file with reasons to not trust psychology and I felt I should post it here. I don’t remember if it is a collection I personally drew up or if I got it from somewhere else, but it’s a good list nevertheless.
Seven Reasons to NOT Trust Psychology:
1. It is not a genuine science.
2. It is relatively ineffective.
3. It is motivated more by money that by compassion.
4. Labels produce dysfunction rather than healing.
5. Psychology is incompetent in dealing with the inner person.
6. It cannot produce healing from the past.
7. It is incompatible with Christianity; it is a competing faith. Psychology by definition is the study of the soul. Without Christ, one cannot solve the problem.

via Christians, Stay Away From Psychology! — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

But Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:5-8). (emphasis added)

As my readers are aware, I really love gotquestions.org.  I have yet to find any topic from the Word covered by gotquestions with which I disagree.

What was it Like in the Days of Noah? (from gotquestions.org)

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February 2 A Lamp and a Light

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:105–112

Key verse: Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Have you ever hidden God’s Word in your heart? If you have memorized a particular verse or passage because it spoke to you in a special way or helped you deal with a certain burden or sin, then you have hidden God’s Word in your heart, just as the psalmist did.

Many Christians struggle with staying motivated to read the Bible. In their workaday world, wedging a quiet time into a manic schedule can be difficult. And once you’ve missed a day or two, the enemy will whisper his discouragement to keep you from your daily soul nourishment.

The Bible is your blueprint for life. The Bible can guide you through all circumstances. It can even keep you from the ravages of sin:

Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I may not sin against You. (Ps. 119:11)

In the same chapter, Psalm 119:105 tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. This isn’t just a literary device for pretty writing. Why do you need a lamp or a light? Because the evil world system is full of darkness, and its temporary overseer is the Prince of Darkness. The only way you can see the right path and avoid the enemy’s pitfalls is to consistently carry a lamp.

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. There is a reason. Its main purpose is to hail the importance of God’s Word.

Thank You for Your Word, dear Lord. It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 35). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Pennsylvania Library to Host ‘Drag Queen Story Fun Time’ Featuring Man Who Goes by Stage Name ‘Annie Christ’   Jan 30, 2019 11:43 pm

LANSDALE, Pa. — A prayer gathering and rally is scheduled for Saturday outside of a Pennsylvania library in response to a “Drag Queen Story Fun Time” for children that will feature a man who goes by the stage name “Annie Christ”—a play-on-words of Anti-Christ. “Trusted officials and library staff are promoting a foul-mouthed adult entertainer named ‘Annie…

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Video: Virginia Lawmaker Admits Bill Would Allow Abortion Up to Birth Due to Mental Health of Mother   Jan 30, 2019 07:37 pm

RICHMOND, Va. — Video footage of a member of the Virginia House of Delegates admitting that an abortion bill she had proposed would allow an unborn baby to be killed up until birth should the pregnancy “impair the mental health of the woman” has generated outrage nationwide. Republicans in a state subcommittee stopped the bill from proceeding. Del. Kathy…

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Vermont Bill Proclaims ‘Fundamental Right’ to Abortion, But No ‘Independent Rights’ for Unborn   Feb 01, 2019 09:37 pm

Photo Credit: Credit Tomasz Kobosz MONTPELIER, Vt. — Lawmakers in Vermont have proposed a bill that would codify abortion in state law as being a “fundamental right,” while also stating that ” fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” Republican governor Phil Scott says that he is supportive on the concept of…

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Muslim Police Officers, Others Beat and Arrest Christian in Kenya   Jan 27, 2019 05:36 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslim policemen on Saturday, Jan. 19 beat and arrested a Christian man on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in retaliation for refusing to recant Christianity, his relatives said. Accompanied by two Muslims of Somali descent who had attacked him previously, the policemen arrived at the home where Hassan (surname withheld for…

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Trump Tweets Support for State Bills That Would Authorize Offering of Elective Bible Classes in Schools   Jan 31, 2019 03:57 pm

WASHINGTON — President Trump tweeted his support on Monday for recently-introduced state bills that would authorize the creation of elective Bible courses in public schools. “Numerous states introducing Bible literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” he wrote. Trump’s remarks reportedly came after…

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Restaurant to Pay $7K in Penalties, Legal Costs After Employee Tells Man Not to Use Women’s Restroom   Feb 01, 2019 02:58 pm

WASHINGTON — A restaurant in the nation’s capital has agreed to a settlement that includes the payment of $7,000 in penalties and legal costs after the attorney general of Washington, D.C. found the eatery guilty of discrimination against a man who identifies as a woman. According to a press release from the office of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, the Cuba…

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