Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

March 1 Obstacles or Opportunities?

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 11:18–28

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 11:26

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.

Joshua and the nation of Israel were preparing to enter the promised land. Moses would not go with them. His last responsibility as their leader would be to issue a charge concerning the land they were about to enter. He explained that if they would keep the commandments of the Law, then God would drive out their enemies before them.

Often we find ourselves wondering why God does not remove all the obstacles after He blesses us. The excitement of a new job turns sour the moment we find out the boss has a dark side. The dream house becomes a nightmare when we find out the roof leaks and the water heater needs replacing.

Many times God places obstacles in our lives to keep us humble and dependent on Him. The very name God gave the promised land—Canaan—means “a place of humility.” The Israelites longed to enter the land of promise, yet they realized that along with the promise came the tests and trials of life.

There will be times when you feel as though you have run into a brick wall. The obstacle facing you may seem overwhelming, but take heart. These are the times God wants you to turn to Him and trust Him to remove the obstacle blocking your path.

Dear Lord, when it seems that a brick wall looms ahead, let me turn to You. Help me realize that obstacles keep me dependent on Your power. I trust You to remove every barrier from my path in Your perfect timing.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 64). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 1 Pray Without Ceasing

Scripture reading: Psalm 5:1–3

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, “Pray without ceasing”? For one, he was indicating that we can live in an attitude of prayer even though we are engaged in everyday activity. That does not mean we walk around mumbling prayers to God, though there will be days when we pray much more than others.

Instead, the indication here leans to one of opportunity. We can have a natural attitude of prayer surrounding our lives. Prayer is a sign that we are dependent on the Lord and not on ourselves. Should you pray about trivial matters? Yes. God listens to every prayer. A prayer to find lost glasses or to mentally retrieve forgotten information is a worthy request.

God has called us to be people of prayer. Communication on this level is one of intimate fellowship with the Savior. Through prayer, we discover the goodness and personal devotion of God. Though taking time to be alone with God is the ideal, we don’t have to limit ourselves. God hears our prayers no matter where we pray.

Oswald Chambers spoke to this issue: “So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him. But when we pray through the power of the Holy Spirit we realize the resources of God. He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.”

Dear Lord, give me reckless confidence in You as my loving heavenly Father, one who is concerned about my every need.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 64). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

More than 300 store closures are announced in a single day as the retail apocalypse rips through JCPenney, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret — Business Insider

Store closing
Retailers are closing more stores.

Gap, JCPenney, and Victoria’s Secret announced more than 300 store closures over the course of 24 hours this week, sending a clear signal that the fallout from the retail apocalypse is far from over. Tesla also announced it would close “many” of its 378 physical dealerships in favor of online-only sales.

Gap said Thursday that it would close 230 namesake stores over the next two years as it reported that the brand’s same-store sales fell 7% during the holiday quarter. The company also said it would spin off its Old Navy brand.

Earlier in the day, JCPenney said it would close 27 stores in 2019, including 18 full-line department stores and 9 home and furniture stores. The department-store chain said same-store sales fell 4% during the fourth quarter.

Victoria’s Secret’s same-store sales also fell during the holidays, dropping 3% during the quarter. The company said late Wednesday that it would close 53 stores this year, citing a “decline in performance.”

These announcements will bring the number of planned store closures this year to nearly 4,500, not counting the unknown number of Tesla closings.

“Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6% on average,” Tesla said in a blog post.

More:Retail Apocalypse JCPenney Victoria’s Secret Gap

Weekly Watchman for 03/01/2019

Learning By Asking Questions

Jesus was the master of asking the right questions to reveal the hearts of men and expose their hearts and their bad thought process.  On our Listener Comments and Questions podcast, Mike shares a conversation he had with a man who was defending a woman’s “right to abortion” and justifying it with God’s Word.  We’ll discuss how we can master the art of asking the right questions to get to the real heart of any matter.We are also very excited as Mike’s new books are now available through Aneko Press as well as Amazon. Mike opens today’s podcast talking about why he believes investing in his new books. (All proceeds support Stand Up For the Truth Radio) It is crucial to help Christians recognize and refute the Satan’s deceptions that have taken over the world and are infiltrating a growing number of Christian Churches.

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Christians Can Bring Clarity to Cultural Confusion

Our guest today is John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio! We discuss several issues Christians in America are dealing with including: the movement to whitewash socialism, public schools pushing secular, LGBTQ agendas, the increase of victim-hood becoming a badge of honor, and how to “right the ship” within Christianity in the west.Has the church generally lost her identity? Is it too late to bear witness against a godless, pagan culture? John offers both a historical, big picture view of our current moral decline and speculates about possible hard solutions.

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Education Matters: The Battle For Truth

Satan and this fallen world has an agenda to conform us into its image.  God also has an agenda. Disciples of Jesus Christ are to be transformed into His image in thought, word and deed.  Obviously these are mutually exclusive agendas, so it’s difficult if not impossible to find a compromise between these conflicting agendas.  Today we look at one of the powerful tools the enemy uses to advance his godless agenda: public education.  Mike and David are joined by Dr. Duke Pesta of Freedom Project Media and the Dr. Duke Show to see how government-run schools and progressive universities are putting the squeeze on anyone who does not conform to its humanist views.We discuss the  sad but not surprising news from the U.S. Senate vote Monday in which Democrats refused to even recognize that a baby surviving an abortion is entitled to life and medical care.  We also look at the decision made yesterday by the divided United Methodist Church regarding its stance on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

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A Quiet but Important Schism

There is a growing schism going on in within Christianity in America. It has been slow and subtle, but it is reaching the point where serious disciples of Jesus Christ are starting to take notice. This schism is centered around two important points:

Is the Christian walk about salvation, or holiness?
The Church’s relationship with the world.

Jesus warned that many who called Him “lord” would be condemned to eternal hell. Jesus and the Apostles warned that a great apostasy would infect the professing church in the days leading up to the Lord’s return. The Bible is clear that evil would grow exponentially in the final days and that Christians are to be a unique, holy people set aside for the glory of God.  This means the true Church of Jesus Christ should be increasingly contradictory to the teachings and behaviors of this wicked world. Instead, some churches are intent on looking more like the world.

Mike and Crash discuss this great schism and how Christians who are serious about pursuing holy living can determine if they are in a church that is increasingly unique, or one that is conforming to the world.

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Christian Devotionals: Quick Fix or Contextual Study?

A lot of Christians read quick, daily devotionals as part of their routine. The concern is in some cases it has replaced reading and studying God’s Word in depth as we become busier and busier and are looking for that “quick fix” instead of a deep, intensive Bible study.

That is certainly not to say that all devotional studies are bad or wrong; but a devotional written by man will often have the slant or perspective of the writer and may or may not accurately reflect God’s message or context on the subject. The best devotional study we can do is one directly from the Bible itself since it is inspired by God and eternal truth.

Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel in Madison joins us the good and bad of daily devotionals for Christians and how to use God’s Word to gain the wisdom and insight we need to navigate life in these challenging times. Pastor Jeff can be heard weekdays at 5a.m. here on Q90 FM Christian Truth Radio.

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March 1, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

We Know That Food Is Not an Issue with God

But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And thus, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. (8:8–12)

The third truth with which Paul agreed was that eating or not eating food has no spiritual significance in itself. Neither act will commend us to God. Commend (paristēmi) means “to place near, bring beside, present to.” Neither eating or not eating food will bring us closer to God or make us approved by Him. The general point is that doing things not forbidden by God has no significance in our relationship to Him. They are spiritually neutral. Food is an excellent illustration of that fact.

Common sense and concern for the bodies God has given us should make us careful about what and how much we eat. Gluttony is harmful and eating foods to which we are allergic is harmful. No sensible, mature person will do those things. But, in itself, eating or not eating certain foods has absolutely no spiritual significance. Jesus made it plain that “there is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man” (Mark 7:15). The Lord’s command to Peter to “kill and eat” was both figurative, referring to accepting Gentiles, and literal, referring to eating food previously considered ceremonially unclean (Acts 10:10–16; cf. v. 28). And Paul told Timothy to receive all food with thankfulness (1 Tim. 4:4).

Food makes no difference for food’s sake, for ceremony’s sake, or for God’s sake. But it can make a great difference for the sake of the conscience of some of His children. What would not otherwise be wrong for us becomes wrong if it is a stumbling block to the weak. Obviously, some Corinthian believers could not handle such liberty; it would pull them down into the pit from which they had been delivered. If an immature brother sees us doing something that bothers his conscience, his spiritual life is harmed. We should never influence a fellow Christian to do anything that the Holy Spirit, through that person’s conscience, is protecting him from.

A mature believer rightly sees no harm for himself in dining in an idol’s temple in some family or community event. He does not accept the pagan beliefs or participate in the pagan practices, but he can associate with pagan people because he is spiritually strong; he has spiritual knowledge.

But if a Christian who has a conscience that is weak sees a mature believer eating in the temple, the weak brother is likely to be tempted to go against his own conscience and to eat in the temple himself. That could be dangerous to him, causing him to go against his own conscience. Consequently, through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. Ruined has the idea of “to come to sin.” We cause that person to sin by leading him into a situation he cannot handle.

It is never right to cause another believer to violate his conscience. To do so runs the risk of ruining a brother for whose sake Christ died (cf. Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18–19). Our Christian liberty must never be used at the expense of a Christian brother or sister who has been redeemed at such a price.

The voice of a Christian’s conscience is the instrument of the Holy Spirit. If a believer’s conscience is weak it is because he is spiritually weak and immature, not because the leading of his conscience is weak. Conscience is God’s doorkeeper to keep us out of places where we could be harmed. As we mature, conscience allows us to go more places and to do more things because we will have more spiritual strength and better spiritual judgment.

A small child is not allowed to play with sharp tools, to go into the street, or to go where there are dangerous machines or electrical appliances. The restrictions are gradually removed as he grows older and learns for himself what is dangerous and what is not.

God confines His spiritual children by conscience. As they grow in knowledge and maturity the limits of conscience are expanded. We should never expand our actions and habits before our conscience permits it. And we should never encourage, either directly or indirectly, anyone else to do that. By sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Causing a brother to stumble is more than an offense against him; it is an offense against our Lord. That is a strong warning. Surely no believer would desire to sin against Christ.

We should be eager to limit our liberty at any time and to any degree in order to help a fellow believer—a brother whom we should love, and a precious soul for whom Christ died.

Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, that I might not cause my brother to stumble. (8:13)

Paul restates the principle he has been explaining. In regard to doubtful things a Christian’s first concern should not be to exercise his liberty to the limit but to care about the welfare of his brother in Christ. Paul set the example. He would never eat meat again, or do anything else his own conscience allowed him to do, if that would cause his brother to stumble.

In deciding about whether or not to participate in any behavior that is doubtful, the following principles make a good checklist to follow.

Excess. Is the activity or habit necessary, or is it merely an extra that is not really important? Is it perhaps only an encumbrance that we should willingly give up (Heb. 12:1)?

Expediency. “All things are lawful for me,” Paul says, “but not all things are profitable,” or expedient (1 Cor. 6:12). Is what I want to do helpful and useful, or only desirable?

Emulation. “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). If we are doing what Christ would do, our action not only is permissible but good and right.

Example. Are we setting the right example for others, especially for weaker brothers and sisters? If we emulate Christ, others will be able to emulate us, to follow our example (1 Tim. 4:12).

Evangelism. Is my testimony going to be helped or hindered? Will unbelievers be drawn to Christ or turned away from Him by what I am doing? Will it help me conduct myself “with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Col. 4:5)?

Edification. Will I be built up and matured in Christ; will I become spiritually stronger? “All things are lawful, but not all things edify” (1 Cor. 10:23).

Exaltation. Will the Lord be lifted up and glorified in what I do? God’s glory and exaltation should be the supreme purpose behind everything we do. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).[1]

9. Take heed that your liberty. He leaves their liberty untouched, but moderates the use of it thus far—that it may not give occasion of stumbling to the weak. And he expressly desires that regard be had to the weak, that is, to those who are not yet thoroughly confirmed in the doctrine of piety, for as they are wont to be regarded with contempt, it is the will and command of the Lord, that regard should be had to them. In the meantime, he hints that strong giants, who may be desirous tyrannically to subject our liberty to their humour, may safely be let alone, because we need not fear giving offence to those who are not drawn into sin through infirmity, but eagerly catch at something to find fault with. What he means by an occasion of stumbling we shall see erelong.[2]

9 But this is precisely the point. If the believer with the weak conscience eats some of that food in the idol temple, in his heart he will be expressing devotion to that idol god. Thus the “powerful insistence” (exousia; NIV, “exercise of … freedom”) of the “knowledge-driven” believer will actually serve as a “stumbling block” to the spiritual development of the believer with the weak conscience. That, Paul says, is a no-no. If we really want to live by the principle of love, we will never let our superior knowledge put a stumbling block in the path of the spiritual growth of a developing Christian.[3]

8:9 / Paul turns directly to those insisting on eating idol meat and issues a strong directive, even an order, in the form of a warning. The niv smoothes the statement, which more literally reads, “See that this right of yours doesn’t become a stumbling block to the weak.” Paul writes to the group in the community that was flaunting its freedom. By insisting on their liberty, they made the exercise of rights their ultimate concern. Paul perceives this insistence to be a threat, for it was self-serving and short-sighted. Nowhere in such exercise of personal freedoms is priority given to others over self. No consensus is sought in such arrangements. So Paul says that when one group’s exercise of freedom or pursuit of rights becomes a scandal to another group’s sensibilities, then the free people should be aware of the problem they are creating. His statement stings; it does not gently raise a hesitation. The force of the statement is so direct that no one should miss Paul’s point.[4]

8:9. Paul responded to this imagined objection, warning them to be careful. He did not dispute the facts; he did not object to the theological perspectives of the knowledgeable ones. Rather, his pastoral concern for those with weak consciences led him to restrain the knowledgeable Corinthians’ behavior. He warned that the freedom enjoyed by those who understood the situation might become a stumbling block to the weak.

Those who understand have freedom, but they also have the responsibility to use that freedom in service to others (Gal. 5:13) and to restrain that freedom when it threatens to damage others. Those who understand sound doctrine must also take into account the weaknesses of others around them. Their knowledge must not overshadow their love for the brethren.[5]

9. But beware that this right of yours not become a hindrance to those who are weak.

With an adversative, Paul indicates that although he agrees with the general sentiment of the quotation (v. 8), he rejects the context in which it is used. In preceding verses (vv. 1–2), he had told the Corinthians that knowledge and love must go hand in hand. Knowledge by itself results in arrogance, but when it is accompanied by love, it edifies. And Paul, discovering an absence of love in the conduct of some Corinthians (compare Rom. 14:15), now registers a pastoral objection.

Paul detects a dangerous attitude that will undermine the unity of the church. He commands the readers to beware of their own conduct. He drafts the phrase this right of yours, in which the pronoun this reflects a trace of his dislike for the apparent haughtiness of some Corinthians (see Luke 15:30). Moreover, this is the second time the word weak occurs in this chapter (see v. 7). If this expression comes not from Paul but from these spiritually strong Corinthians, a measure of arrogance seems obvious. They aggressively claim for themselves the right to Christian liberty.

However, just as knowledge without love produces pride, so freedom without love generates arrogance. The Corinthians have the right to assert their freedom to eat food, for Paul himself teaches that “no food is unclean in itself” (Rom. 14:14). Yet Christian liberty must always be observed in the context of love for one’s neighbor in general and the spiritually weak brother or sister in particular.

The right that a Christian legitimately exercises should never become a hindrance to a fellow believer. Paul uses the word stumbling block to describe a specific obstacle a Christian can place on someone’s pathway. And the hindrance here is eating sacrificial meat, which was an offense to others in the church.

The freedom which a Christian enjoys must always be asserted in the context of serving one another in love (Gal. 5:13). His attitude should not be a hindrance to the weaker members of the church. Paul is not saying that those who are weak take offense but rather that those who are strong give offense. The members who promote their right to be free are exerting undue pressure on those whose conscience restricts them from eating certain kinds of meat. Paul, therefore, alerts the freedom-loving Corinthians to demonstrate love by not offending their fellow church members.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 195–197). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, p. 282). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 332–333). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 177–178). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 137). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 272–273). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

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


President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff in May to grant his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The White House is advancing plans to form a presidential panel that will question science used in U.S. military and intelligence reports showing that human-driven climate change poses national security risks, according to a source briefed by participants in the negotiations.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said on Friday he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2020, joining the crowded field as a relative unknown who hopes to catch fire by making climate change a central issue of his campaign.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators proposed legislation on Thursday that would let an estimated 72,000 Venezuelans remain in the United States after fleeing chaos in their country.

At least 25 Afghan soldiers were killed as they repelled an attack on Friday by the Taliban on a military base in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela, targeting six Venezuelan government officials tied to President Nicolas Maduro, in its latest move to squeeze the embattled leader.

Saudi Arabia has stripped citizenship from Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official gazette.

South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to ensure they reach agreement on denuclearization, the South’s president said on Friday, a day after talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders collapsed over sanctions.

Thirty-five people, believed to be Rohingya Muslims abandoned at sea, were found safe on a Malaysian beach on Friday, officials said, part of what authorities fear could be a new wave of dangerous people smuggling by sea.

U.S. personal income fell for the first time in more than three years in January as dividends and interest payments dropped, pointing to moderate growth in consumer spending after it fell by the most since 2009 in December.

AP Top Stories

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was relieved that President Trump didn’t make a one-sided deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Vietnam, but said that even holding a second meeting with Kim amounted to handing a victory to the dictator.

Pakistani officials brought a captured Indian pilot to a border crossing with India for handover on Friday, a “gesture of peace” promised by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan amid a dramatic escalation with the country’s archrival over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) pushed back Wednesday against the rash of anti-Semitism accusations that have been leveled against her since she was elected, suggesting her “Jewish colleagues” and others may use accusations of bigotry to chill debate over U.S. policy toward Israel. “What I’m fearful of – because Rashida and I are Muslim – that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim.

Three former Chilean nuns who claim to have been abused over two decades ago by priests in their religious order have hailed comments by Pope Francis this month in which he recognized the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church.

Tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees are being forced to return to a remote town repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram, despite lacking security, food, water and shelter, aid agencies said Friday. The United Nations said some 20,000 refugees had returned to Rann from Cameroon on Thursday, taking the numbers who have now gone back to 30,000.

Turkey’s military conducted the second day of its largest naval exercise in its history on Thursday, carrying out drills with frigates, corvettes and submarines in the Black Sea, Aegean and eastern Mediterranean.

British Airways announced a multi-billion dollar order for up to 42 Boeing 777 fuel-efficient passenger jets on Thursday, just two weeks after Airbus said it would no longer make its A380 superjumbo.


Somalia’s security forces are battling gunmen in a building in Mogadishu, hours after a suicide car bomb attack on a busy street left at least 20 people dead, security sources say.

There is no reason to delay having another baby after a stillbirth, research in the Lancet suggests. Although women are often told to wait for a year before getting pregnant again, there is little evidence to back up this advice.

Santiago Lopez is a 19-year-old from Argentina. He’s the first millionaire bug-bounty hacker, which means he gets paid to find glitches in the software of some of the world’s biggest companies.

Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months.

Bangladesh has told the UN Security Council it will stop accepting any more Rohingya Muslims who flee from Myanmar. More than 740,000 Rohingya are in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state during military crackdowns in 2016 and 2017.


Millions of people in Uganda have abandoned social media after punishing taxes were imposed on the use of networking sites and on money transactions using mobile phones.

A new study determined that a cremated man, who was treated for cancer shortly before his death, is the source of radioactive contamination at an Arizona crematorium.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 1, 2019

The Foundation

“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” —James Madison (1792)

Cut Taxes, Grow Economy

Despite the naysayers, the latest GDP report reveals more good economic news for the nation.

The Left’s Latest Socialist Health Care Plan

House Dems introduce their authoritarian nightmare: Medicare for All.

Some Good Advice for Men From … Obama?

He spoke to young black men about the dangers of promiscuity, bullying, and selfishness.

Baltimore Reverses Course on Arming Cops in Schools

One of the nation’s worst cities for murder finally makes a sensible decision on guns.

Seeing Is Believing

We’ll believe Democrats mean what they’re saying when they start walking the walk.

The Destruction of Journalistic Integrity

“Above all, we are not propagandists or political operatives. That is not our job.”

Video: War on Women — Two Trans ‘Girl’ Athletes

By “transgender women,” we mean two biological guys who just stole awards from biological girls.

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Friday Top Headline Summary

Wheeler confirmed, Sanders hires an illegal, Jay Inslee jumps in, tax refunds up, Netanyahu’s legal trouble, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

Huh? “If you want a party that is moving closer to the center or whose voters say they want to be closer to center, that would be the Democrats.” —Jennifer Rubin

Today’s Meme

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News – 3/1/2019

“Deal of the century” or a plan doomed to failure?
So what’s the problem? The deal of the century’s main flaw is that it is based on the assumption that in 2019, Middle Eastern culture is not the same as it was a century ago, and that the region’s nations as well as their rulers, are prepared to accept Israel as a legitimate national entity with the a priori right to exist as a Jewish state or the state of the Jewish people – if Israel gives up Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the settlements. The problem is that this premise is totally wrong, and even those nations who made peace with us do not recognize the Jewish people’s right to a state of its own.

For Israelis, right or left, Netanyahu’s indictment is sad: editor’s note
The indictments against Netanyahu refer to crimes he is suspected of committing over the last few years while serving as Israel’s prime minister. More than historic though, Thursday will be remembered as a sad day, not just for the people who support Benjamin Netanyahu and believe he is innocent and the victim of political persecution, but also for those opposed to Netanyahu and the policies he has led for the last 10 years as Israel’s powerful prime minister.

Blessings From Heaven: Kinneret Rises Six Centimeters in 24 Hours
As God continues to answer Israel’s prayers for rain, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose by an astounding six centimeters (2.36 inches) over the last 24 hours and almost five feet so far this winter. Prior to this bountiful rainfall, Israel had been suffering from a five-year drought and 2018 was one of the driest in the last 100 years. Though Israel is a leader in water technology, receiving much of its water from desalination and recycling, the Kinneret, supplied by rainfall, still accounts for 25 percent of the drinking water.

Nanoparticle eye drops give mice night vision
Mammals such as humans are only capable of visually processing light in the visible spectrum, hence its name. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, however, wanted to find out if it was possible to extend that capability farther, allowing mice to visually detect longer wavelength infrared light that is given off by objects in both bright and dark environments.

Health officials confirm outbreak of potentially deadly contagious disease
MACON COUNTY, N.C. —Macon County Public Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of meningitis and at least one death caused by the disease. Two deaths have occurred in the last three weeks; one is confirmed to have been caused by Neisseria meningitidis.

‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’: Republicans bring out posters to mock Michael Cohen during his congressional testimony
During their questioning, Republicans displayed the posters on easels, as is common for members to display charts or evidence in certain cases. On the posters were quotes attempting to discredit Cohen and pictures of a Twitter account created at his request to praise his appearance and sex appeal. One sign simply called him a liar.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slams Israeli corruption with Netanyahu’s indictment
“Corruption—in Israel, in the US, or anywhere else—is a cancer that threatens democracy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democratic presidential candidate wrote on her Twitter account late Thursday night. Her statement was made in the wake of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement on Thursday that he has intent to indict – pending a hearing – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery.

If India and Pakistan go to war, Israeli weapons could be decisive
As India and Pakistan contemplate their next moves amid rising tensions, airstrikes and the downing of an Indian warplane, Israeli weapons could play a decisive role in a future war. India has become a key defense partner for Israel in recent years with Israeli technology playing a major role in India’s modernization programs for its large armed forces.

Parashat Vayakhel: Who will build the Tabernacle?
In this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, we read the description of how the fund-raising was done to build the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, the temporary temple that accompanied the Children of Israel until the permanent one was built in Jerusalem. The call to contribute to the building of the Mishkan went out to the entire nation – men and women – and, indeed, the response was impressive:…

Somali militants holed up as battle rages in Mogadishu
Somalia’s security forces are battling gunmen in a building in Mogadishu, hours after a suicide car bomb attack on a busy street left at least 20 people dead, security sources say. The attack was launched late on Thursday by suspected al-Shabab militants in an area lined with hotels, shops and restaurants. The gunmen then seized a nearby building and were surrounded.

Brexit: EU rejects no deal citizens rights call
The EU has rejected calls for an agreement to protect UK and EU expats’ rights, if there is a no-deal Brexit. Tory MP Alberto Costa quit his government job to table an amendment calling for the protections. It was backed by the government in votes on Wednesday, with Mr Costa urging the PM to write to EU chiefs to demand an agreement on rights.

Experts On High Alert After Dead, Sick Dolphins Wash Ashore On Calif. Coastline
From Laguna to Huntington Beach, an unprecedented number of dolphins are washing ashore dead or so sick that they have to be humanely euthanized. “It’s a shock and not happy about it whatsoever,” said Newport Beach resident Eric Fritz. “They’re our friends, are you kidding? I’ve rode waves with dolphins before.”

Humans could get X-Men ‘SUPER VISION’ to see in the DARK after nanoparticles let mice see infrared
HUMANS could get the power to see in the dark after mice were injected with nanoparticles which gave them the ability to see infrared light. The rodents were given infrared night vision for 10 weeks after the injection, with only minor side effects, in an experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists.

Israel slams ‘hostile’ and ‘biased’ UN report on Gaza deaths
Israel on Thursday hit back furiously at a UN Human Rights Council’s report claiming Israeli soldiers intentionally fired on civilians and could have committed crimes against humanity during a string of crackdowns against Palestinian demonstrators last year in Gaza that left 189 people dead.

The Middle East Peace Plan Being Pushed By Jared Kushner Will Require Israel To Tear Down Their 440 Miles Of Protective Barrier Border Walls
Israel has spent the better part of the last decade and a half building an elaborate labyrinth of protective barrier border walls that shield them from attacks on the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and on their southern border with Egypt. This has reduced the number of terrorist incursions to virtually zero. Illegal immigration? Non-existent. Walls work. The only people against Israel’s wall system are the terrorists. No surprise there.

If I Were The Devil: Paul Harvey’s 1965 Warning To America Comes True
Alex Jones breaks down a special report highlighting the prophetic 1965 speech by Paul Harvey, explaining how the devil deceives humanity.

92% of Berlin left-wing activists live with their parents
The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found.

‘Atmospheric river’ spawns massive flooding in California, turns town into ‘island’ as thousands told to flee
Days of heavy rain from a weather system known as an “atmospheric river” pounding Northern California has spawned floodwaters that have inundated a town north of San Francisco, cutting off all road access Wednesday as authorities warned thousands to flee.

One Day After Jared Kushner Says Israel’s Walls ‘Must Come Down For Peace’, Benjamin Netanyahu Is Indicted On Fraud And Bribery Charges
Just as the radical Progressive Left in America wakes up each and every day thinking of how they might be able to bring down President Donald Trump, the radical Progressive Left in Israel does the same with their hatred of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Today they scored of victory of sorts as the Israeli attorney general announced his intention to indict Netanyahu on a variety of charges.

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe
The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday, making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat.

How to Buy Your Way Into a Top Secret US Government Intel Facility – FBI/DOJ Coverup of Clinton Foundation Connected AGT
A 2016 DOJ criminal investigation was suppressed and buried by the DOJ/FBI that involved a major NY Democratic power broker and the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation.

The Queen Signs Official EU Withdrawal Bill, Making Brexit ‘Irreversible’
Queen Elizabeth II has signed the official EU Withdrawal Bill into law which will make Brexit irreversible and an ‘Act of Parliament.’The massive blow will completely derail George Soros’ campaign for a second referendum.

Did CNN Ambush Bernie Sanders With Political Operatives Disguised As Everyday People? 
“Former Biology Professor” (and Chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Party)

Headlines – 3/1/2019

Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, pending hearing

‘You knew you were taking a bribe’: The specifics of Netanyahu’s alleged crimes

With Netanyahu indictment cast, what happens now? Not much (pending a hearing)

Netanyahu’s legal war will wait; it’s his political life he’s fighting for now

Netanyahu campaign calls indictment decision ‘attempted political assassination’

Facing bribery charges, Netanyahu decries ‘political plot’ to topple him from power

Netanyahu: AG recommendations are ‘unprecedented witch hunt’

Netanyahu vows to refute ‘vile charges,’ urges Likud voters to stick with him

Netanyahu, unfazed by indictment, vows to be prime minister for years

After AG’s decision, left calls on PM to resign while right backs him up

Gantz appeals to Netanyahu to put Israel’s interests first and ‘resign’

Gantz calls on Netanyahu to resign, saying Israel can’t have a ‘half-time prime minister’

US Sen. says allegations against Netanyahu are ‘serious’

Putin hopes Israel ties will continue to grow despite Netanyahu’s ‘situation’

How evangelical-supported group has helped 750,000 Jews migrate to Israel

Ex-judge, others jailed over cover-up of Argentina Jewish center attack probe

UN says Israel’s killings at Gaza protests may amount to war crimes

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable for alleged war crimes in Gaza

Israel slams ‘hostile’ and ‘biased’ UN report on Gaza deaths

UN Human Rights Council Derided as ‘Dangerous Joke’ After Issuing Anti-Israel Report on Gaza Border Violence

PLO’s Erekat calls on Iran to act as a ‘responsible state’

IRGC commander: Iran plans to ‘break America, Israel and Saudi Arabia’

Iranian threat puts Israeli-Russia relations on track

Russian train displays Syria War spoils to show Russian People

Trump says all Islamic State territory retaken, contradicting allied commander

Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

US-backed SDF expects ‘fierce battle’ in final ISIS enclave

The Islamic State is dying … but believers in its radical ideology live on

Death toll from Al Shabaab suicide car bomb in Somalia rises to 29

Turkey launches ‘Blue Homeland’ naval drill

Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan has destroyed Turkish democracy

U.S. lawmakers press for oversight of any Saudi nuclear deal

Four killed in Taliban attack on US-Afghan base in Helmand

Pakistan Will Release Captured Indian Pilot on Friday as a ‘Peace Gesture,’ Says PM

Why China doesn’t want to get caught in the middle of a India-Pakistan conflict

Pompeo: US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

#TrumpFail Trends on Twitter After North Korea Summit Falls Apart

Hannity defends Trump ending Kim summit early, says media should read ‘The Art of the Deal’

U.S. and North Korea offer contradictory accounts of why the Trump-Kim summit collapsed

S.Korea to work with U.S. and N.Korea after failed nuclear talks

Limited Trump-Kim nuke deal possible – War could kill millions

Unidentified Men Entered North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid, Bound and Gagged Staff, and Stole Computers

Venezuela’s opposition leader says he will begin exercising his ‘duties as president’

U.S., Russia fail in rival bids for U.N. action on Venezuela

Republicans pressure Trump to back down on border emergency

Trump ordered Kushner be given security clearance despite concerns

Donald Trump slams Michael Cohen testimony as ‘shameful,’ accuses him of lying

Trump Derides ‘Fake’ Hearing but Says Cohen Truthful on ‘No Collusion’

Michael Cohen Makes History – There’s no precedent for such an attack on the essential nature of an American president

Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

House Democrats to Probe Trump Attacks on FBI, Courts, Media

Dems look to steer clear of impeachment talk after Cohen testimony

Trump adviser asks supporters to ‘put socialism on trial’

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould: The scandal that could unseat Canada’s PM

In 30 days, the Brexit mayhem will get even worse

Macron says EU may block UK’s Brexit plan: ‘The time has come for the British to make choices’

Stock market wipes away $1 trillion from billionaires in 2018

China lost 161 billionaires because its stock markets tanked

There’s been a mysterious surge in $100 bills in circulation, possibly linked to global corruption

Facebook and Google will be punished with giant fines in the UK if they fail to rid their platforms of toxic content

Deep earthquake with magnitude 7.1 strikes southern Peru

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Anatuya, Argentina

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

Strong earthquake swarm 100 km north of Kolbeinsey island

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Multiple People Rescued in Floods as Heavy Rainfall Continues in Eretz Yisrael (Israel)

1,200 students rescued from Jerusalem school cut off by flooding

Section of West Bank barrier near Jerusalem collapses in rainstorm

India, Pakistan brace for more flooding, mountain snow as new storm targets Kashmir

At least 50 dead after intense rain plague northern, central coastal regions of Peru

Deadly California floods swamp 2,000 homes, turn 2 towns into ‘islands’; record snow hits Sierra

Vineyards become swamped following heavy rain in California wine country

‘Februburied’: Record snowfall stacks up in Sierra Nevada at Truckee Tahoe resorts

PG&E likely started the Camp Fire and expects a $10.5B impact to its bottom line, it tells regulators

Experts On High Alert After Dead, Sick Dolphins Wash Ashore On Calif. Coastline

Cue the X Files Music: Rare Fish Never Seen in Northern Hemisphere Washes Up in Santa Barbara

Cory Booker, other 2020 Dem presidential hopefuls introduce federal marijuana legalization bill

World Health Organization “deeply concerned” over attacks on Ebola clinics

UN warns of ‘complacency’ as measles cases soar worldwide

Arizona Lawmaker Kelly Townsend Compares Vaccines to Communism

House Republicans move to fast-track anti-abortion bill on heels of Virginia debate

Georgia Gov. Kemp backs bill to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Planned Parenthood of Illinois could lose millions over new rule surrounding abortion

An 11 year-old girl was forced to have a C-section in Argentina, after she didn’t get permission for an abortion in time

Meghan Markle says she plans to raise child with ‘fluid approach to gender’

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019
Injured workers defrauded of their rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)

February 28, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Californians brag that their state is the world’s fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook, and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods. Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford, and Berkeley are cited as permanent proof of the intellectual, aesthetic, and technological dominance of West Coast culture…. (more)

February 28, 2019
BREITBART — Nearly three-in-five American voters say barriers, fences, and walls at the United States-Mexico border are effective in stopping illegal immigration, a new poll finds. The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals sweeping agreement among the American electorate when it comes to the use of border walls at the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. About 57 percent of voters said a border wall at the southern border is either very or somewhat effective in stopping illegal immigration…. (more)

February 28, 2019
CBS-NEW YORK — The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty. CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: “Members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue.”… (more)

February 28, 2019
REUTERS — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, visiting Brazil to drum up support for his bid to push for a change of government in his country, said on Thursday he will return to Caracas by Monday despite threats of imprisonment…. (more)

February 28, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Venezuela’s oil industry took a major hit after the U.S. slapped energy sanctions on the country’s exports last month, causing them to plummet 40 percent. Exports are down to 920,000 barrels per day of crude and fuel, a significant drop from between 1.47 million and 1.66 million barrels per day Venezuela exported in the three months before the Trump administration’s January 28 sanctions, according to a Reuters analysis and data from the country’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA…. (more)

February 28, 2019
Planned Parenthood used ‘deceptive accounting gimmicks’ to get grants
WORLDNETDAILY — The federal Department of Health and Human Services has released a final rule that bans funding family planning programs at sites where abortions “are performed or recommended as a form of family planning.” The rule change was proposed last year by the Trump administration to deny federal tax dollars to organizations such as Planned Parenthood and others “that provide abortion services.”… (more)

February 27, 2019
CBS NEWS — Americans’ tax refunds are no longer shrinking. The latest data released by the Internal Revenue Service show that the average tax refund issued through the third week of February was $3,143. That’s slightly higher than the average refund at this time last year, which was $3,103…. (more)

February 27, 2019
FOX NEWS — An infant in Tokyo who is believed to be the smallest surviving baby boy in the world has finally been released from the hospital for the first time since his August birth. The boy, whose name remained confidential, was born via emergency C-section at 24 weeks gestation and weighed less than 10 ounces…. (more)

February 27, 2019
DAILY WIRE — On Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to voice his outrage after Senate Democrats effectively went on record as pro-infanticide. All but three Democrats in the Senate voted against Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would mandate doctors to provide medical care to babies born-alive after botched abortions…. (more)

February 27, 2019
DAILY WIRE — On February 15, a woman at the Casa Vallarta Mexican restaurant near Falmouth, Massachusetts, allegedly assaulted a young man wearing a MAGA hat and got herself arrested. After viewing Rosiane Santos’ fingerprints, police contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it turned out that Santos was in the United States illegally. On Tuesday, she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…. (more)

February 26, 2019
Dictator of failed socialist state shuts down interview
WORLDNETDAILY — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the arrest of Univision’s Jorge Ramos when the television anchor displayed video of children in the failed socialist nation eating from a garbage truck. Ramos, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, and his team were detained for two hours at Miraflores palace Monday night in a dark room after all of their equipment was seized, Reuters reported… (more)

February 26, 2019
Alan Keyes says border issue has ‘implications for our survival as a free people’
ALAN KEYES — pening Statement for the Defense People in Congress and the media are snarling like rabid dogs at President Trump’s brave declaration that he intends to use his powers as commander in chief of our nation’s defense forces to re-establish firm control of the U.S. border with Mexico…. (more)

February 26, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s “days are numbered,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted in the midst of a dramatic effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the country…. (more)

February 26, 2019
THE HILL — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Friday that a “handful” of Republicans will back a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall. “A handful. … [But] there will be enough [left] to sustain a veto,” Graham told Fox News, asked how many Republicans would vote with Democrats in the Senate…. (more)

February 26, 2019
FOX NEWS — She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost. She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members…. (more)

February 26, 2019
‘Is it OK to still have children?’
DAILY WIRE — Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested on Sunday night that people should consider not having children due to climate change because there is a “scientific consensus” that life will be hard for kids.”Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez… (more)

February 23, 2019
FOX NEWS — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison time for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during failed abortions, leading conservatives to wonder openly whether Democrats were embracing “infanticide” to appeal to left-wing voters…. (more)

February 23, 2019
Joseph Farah asks why no president in 30 years has talked like this
JOSEPH FARAH — Do you know how long it’s been since an American president gave a sweeping, inspirational talk on the oppressive death cult of socialism? I know for sure it hasn’t been delivered since 1989, when Ronald Reagan left office. But an absolutely stirring one was given last Monday – – and you could hear a pin drop from within the media swamp…. (more)

February 23, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Bernie Sanders reminisced in 1986 about watching the 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon and how it made him sick to hear them talk tough about Fidel Castro’s uprising…. (more)

February 23, 2019
DAILY CALLER — The first shipment of humanitarian aid crossed the border from Brazil to Venezuela Saturday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said, but getting aid to the people of Venezuela continues to be beyond difficult…. (more)

February 23, 2019
NEWSMAX — A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to torture and years of abuse that included shackling some of their 13 children to beds and starving them to the point they stopped growing…. (more)

February 23, 2019
‘R’ rating for ‘Unplanned’ effectively endorses pro-life position
WORLDNETDAILY — Abortion, according to Hollywood, is “an act of violence.” That’s the conclusion of the makers of “Unplanned” after the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association of America, gave their movie an “R” rating. The MPAA, noted directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, issued no caution for profanity, nudity, sex or violence, “except for violence directly associated with the abortion process.”… (more)

February 23, 2019
Calls on Americans to urge Congress to support born-alive bill
BOB UNRUH — James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and the James Dobson Family Institute, the author of dozens of books on family and adviser to at least five presidents, has battled the abortion cartel much of his career…. (more)

February 22, 2019
LIFE NEWS — While calling himself a Christian, abortionist Willie Parker admitted Thursday that he has killed tens of thousands of human beings in abortions. Parker made the comment during a debate with Professor Mike Adams at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Summit Ministries and Ratio Christi hosted the event…. (more)


March 1 Testing Your Spiritual Moorings

scripture reading: Psalm 77
key verse: Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Your spiritual moorings are tested severely when adversity’s ill winds reach their zenith. It is easy to lose heart, to lose sight of God. Your raw, exposed emotions can take over, blurring your focus and weakening your endurance.

In these times you must embrace these crucial truths:

You must remember God’s past deliverances. God’s prior working in your life can be obscured in the storm. But in a moment of deliberate concentration, you need to remind yourself that God has delivered you before and He can do it again. David found faith to duel with Goliath by recalling how God had delivered him from the lion and the bear (1 Sam. 17:37).

You must stake your claim on God’s promises. God cannot lie; His Word is certain. In adversity you can rely on the promises of Scripture to sustain you and uphold you (Num. 23:19).

You must count on God’s unfailing love. God’s loving–kindness—His gracious presence, power, and purpose—is constantly at work on your behalf. God will not fail you. What He has begun in your life, He will complete (Phil. 1:6).

Rely on these truths and your faith will stand firm until the storm subsides.

Father, thank You for the times You delivered me in the past. I stake my claims upon Your promises today. I count on Your unfailing love to see me through.[1]

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

1 march (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Rahab’s faith

“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31

suggested further reading: James 2:18–26

Rahab’s faith was a sanctifying faith. Did Rahab continue a harlot after she had faith? No, she did not. I do not believe she was a harlot at the time the men went to her house, though the name still stuck to her, as such ill names will; but I am sure she was not afterwards, for Salmon the prince of Judah married her, and her name is put down among the ancestors of our Lord Jesus Christ. She became after that a woman eminent for piety, walking in the fear of God. Now, you may have a dead faith which will ruin your soul. The faith that will save you is a faith which sanctifies. “Ah!” says the drunkard, “I like the gospel, sir; I believe in Christ:” then he will go over to the Blue Lion tonight, and get drunk. Sir, that is not the believing in Christ that is of any use. “Yes,” says another, “I believe in Christ;” and when he gets outside he will begin to talk lightly, frothy words, perhaps lascivious ones, and sin as before. Sir, you speak falsely; you do not believe in Christ. That faith which saves the soul is a real faith, and a real faith sanctifies men. It makes them say, “Lord, thou hast forgiven me my sins; I will sin no more. Thou hast been so merciful to me, I will renounce my guilt; so kindly hast thou treated me, so lovingly hast thou embraced me, Lord, I will serve thee till I die; and if thou wilt give me grace, and help me so to be, I will be as holy as thou art.” You cannot have faith, and yet live in sin. To believe is to be holy. The two things must go together. That faith is a dead faith, a corrupt faith, a rotten faith, which lives in sin that grace may abound. Rahab was a sanctified woman.

for meditation: Faith has to be seen to be believed (Joshua 2:17–21).

sermon no. 119[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 67). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

1 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

The Erosion of Trust

Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation. Psalm 78:21–22

suggested further reading: John 3:14–21

To remove all thought that divine wrath was unduly severe, the enormity of the guilt of the Israelites is described by the psalmist: They believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation. Indisputably, promises were made to the Israelites which they should have assented to. However, extreme infatuation which carried them away from God prevented them from yielding to those promises.

Trusting in the salvation of God means leaning upon his fatherly providence and regarding him as sufficient to supply all our needs. From this we learn how hateful unbelief is in the sight of God. We learn what the true nature of faith is and what its fruits are. True faith is when men quietly submit themselves to God, being persuaded that their salvation is singularly precious in his sight. It is being fully assured that God will give them whatever they need. We are led to surrender ourselves to him to be governed according to his good pleasure.

Faith is the root of true piety. It teaches us to hope for and to desire every blessing from God. It also persuades us to be obedient to him, even while those who distrust him are murmuring and rebelling against him.

Furthermore, the prophet teaches that pretences to faith, which are made by those who do not hope for salvation from God, rest upon false grounds. When we believe in God, the hope of salvation is speedily produced in our minds. This hope renders to him the praise of every blessing.

for meditation: Trusting God’s salvation is the essence of spiritual life. Unbelief is pledging allegiance to Satan. How can we learn to exercise faith more consistently and to hate unbelief more profoundly?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 79). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.