Daily Archives: March 17, 2019

March 17 Victory in a Pig Pen

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:1–20

Key Verse: Luke 15:18

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”

Imagine the prodigal son looking at the pigs he was feeding. As he dropped pods into their sty, his stomach growled, and he realized that the swine were eating better than he was. He was at such a low point that he was actually envying the hogs! The only alternative he could imagine was to return to his father in humility (Luke 15:18).

When the prodigal son considered his options, he chose the last place he had experienced grace. Even though he was determined to offer himself to his father as a hired hand, he must have known in his heart that his father’s arms would be open to him. No matter how far you are from God, His arms are open to you. God’s grace is always available to you to lift you from sin and defeat back to victorious living.

Catherine of Genoa writes, “I clearly recognize that all good is in God alone, and that in me, without Divine Grace, there is nothing but deficiency.… The one sole thing in myself in which I glory, is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory.”

You have not slipped too far away from Him, because the only good in you was from Him in the first place. Do not envy the pigs, but run back to the Father. He desires to restore you by His grace and fill you with all of His goodness.

Lord, show me the areas where I have been prodigal and call me back to the safety of Your love.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 17 Your True Identity

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17–24

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:24

You put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Determining identity is a lifelong struggle for many people.

Teenagers look to peers and parents trying to discover their unique identity. Possessions and status are the criteria for the majority of their conclusions.

Adults tend to define their identity by their vocation, financial bracket, or social strata. Determining our identity greatly affects our behavior. We act like who we think we are.

One of the greatest assets of the Christian is that his identity is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. Because he is a child of God—an heir of God, a citizen of heaven as well as earth, a saint, and God’s workmanship—he can act accordingly.

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Your marriage, career, relationships, and ambitions all hinge upon your new relationship with God’s Son, Christ Jesus.

Your values, priorities, and perspectives are determined by this new relationship with Jesus. You are secure in Him. You are complete in Him. Your past, present, and future are bound up in the person of Jesus Christ.

Father, I am thankful that I am complete in Your Son, Jesus Christ. My past, present, and future are bound up in Him. Let my values, priorities, and perspectives always reflect this divine relationship.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Ready or Not . . . . Here I Come! (The Rapture) – Video

This is a major update to a previously posted video. The Rapture is sooner than most people think. Be ready! Stay ready! It is the Event of a lifetime that you do not want to miss. Do not miss this Event for the world. Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed – Romans 13:11. The time is short – please don’t get left behind.

March 17 The Fabric of Your Life

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:69–76

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

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

Amy Carmichael made a habit of collecting short prayers written throughout the Bible. When a need arose, she would pray God’s Word to Him. One of her favorites is found in Psalm 119:175: “Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; and let Your judgments help me.”

Two things immediately happen when you use God’s Word as a prayer source. First, you are strengthened within your soul. God’s Word is powerful (Heb. 4:12). It reveals the message of His heart written just for you. If you are weary from the battles of life, the Word of God is a minister of hope and truth. It is God breathed; therefore, it has the ability to refresh and renew the downtrodden.

Second, you experience intimate fellowship with the Lord by reading His Word. In picking it up, you are telling Him that you want to know more about Him, your life, and the situation at hand. He honors your devotion just as He honors the promises in His Word.

Too many people wait until desperation hits before they turn to God for guidance. But you don’t have to wait until the alarm sounds. God’s Word is a standard of truth. When you weave it into the fabric of your life through prayer, your trust level rises, and you can see clearly the hope that is given to you by a faithful, loving God.

Lord, help me weave the fabric of my life with prayer. Lift the level of my trust so I can see clearly the hope that You have given me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tim Keller’s Subversive Social Justice Takeover of the Evangelical Church — Reformation Charlotte

Well, you know that there is never really anything new under the sun right? Be sure of it; nothing is, not even the concepts fronted by the TGC. The Gospel Coalition banded together as a fellowship of evangelical churches in around 2005. The main idea behind it was to center their resources, communities and influence around gospel-centered ministry. The concerns that brought the evangelical proponents together to form the New Calvinism philosophy together were both social and denominational. Fortunately for themselves and unfortunately for the gospel mission, they became pretty much like the evangelicals of post-World War II. Basically, they set themselves a secular agenda for a gospel-centered movement and erroneously diluted their principal cause. That is just how the devil works; he separates us from our cause with all things that seem attractive here on earth. This time, he may have used Tim Keller to corrupt the Church with social justice.
The Temptation of Power via Social Justice
Just like journalists are naturally predisposed to cynicism and politicians to lying, Christians are predisposed to the social justice agenda. However, in the predisposition to social justice, they separate themselves from the Gospel and delve into secular matters that contravene some of their God’s commandments. For example, even though the bible explicitly forbids homosexuality, these evangelical movements are deeply engrossed in the emancipation of oppressed minorities that they speak for gay rights along with other oppressed groups like black Americans, Hispanics and minority religious groupings. These devout Christians find themselves so engrossed in the social justice agenda that they begin to pursue the political might that can assist them in effecting their opinions. They always end up contravening some of their core Christian values in pursuit of such power. Aren’t the social justice debate and the Trump promises what got him elected into Presidency massively by conservative churches?
That is the folly of it all. Some Christians are allowing strong leftist principles to deride their Christian values. Others have allowed feminist and Marxist theories to form their spiritual agenda at the expense of their biblical teachings. Some of these affected Christian evangelicals that seem to pass Marxist agenda as the gospel truth include Tim Keller, Russell Moore, Al Mohler and Thabiti Anyabwile of The Gospel Coalition. While these men teach their following to adhere to some the teachings of the Reformed Protestant Movement, they also couple that with the fight for social justice and make contrived mercy efforts. How holy can they really get? Well, it gets worse; these false shepherds also have the gall to declare that Christianity should be culturally neutral. How then do they justify their calls for Christianity to engage culture rather than separating from it if it is neutral? Isn’t that a bit confusing to the flock?
It’s a tad bit unconvincing how The Gospel Coalition is masquerading the social justice movement in Evangelicalism, which is historically unorthodox and unbiblical, as the gospel truth. A careful process of critical thinking can tell that it is rooted in secular ideology, namely Marxism, rather than solid biblical standards.
A little bit of introduction to the UN.
The Episcopal Church launched its new millennium goals seven years later after we hit the year 2000. The goals were astoundingly political rather than gospel, and they included:
  • Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,
  • Achieving universal education,
  • Promoting gender equality,
  • Combating HIV and AIDs as well as Malaria,
  • Ensuring Environmental Stability.
Did you know that these are the same millennium goals that the UN set out to achieve on the onset of the millennium? Do you also know that the church would have to be as powerful, politically, as the European church after its bloody crusades? It would have to set up proxies, in the current world order, in the head of state offices such as presidencies. How come the Church just couldn’t set spiritual and biblical goals and instead set out to copy and paste the plans of secular institution with nothing but pure politics forming its basis? How inspired, right?
And this is right where the Evangelical Church in America is heading today.
Final Thoughts
We should all be very careful and wary about the secret agenda of the Gospel Coalition. It isn’t very straight forward with its spiritual and biblical teachings; it is using the good word as a front for some Democratic Party agenda that takes away from the traditional and righteous teachings of the traditional Christian church. Marxism and feminism may have some genuine social concerns, but so do other cultures and other secular movements participating actively in politics. However, we should not allow wolves in sheep’s skins to lead the good flock astray. We should learn to separate secular affairs from the gospel and hat is the good word.
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via Tim Keller’s Subversive Social Justice Takeover of the Evangelical Church — Reformation Charlotte