Daily Archives: March 25, 2019

March 25 The Benefits of Darkness

Scripture Reading: John 15:1–5

Key Verse: John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when it seemed like your whole world was shattered? Maybe a loved one passed away, a spouse left home, or you or someone close to you was diagnosed with a serious illness. No one—not even committed Christians—are exempt from these dark times of life.

It has been said that the greatest growth in the Christian’s spiritual life occurs during periods of darkness. How can this be so? How can any good come out of the most hideous horrors imaginable? Consider these ways:

  • Hard times prevent us from thinking of ourselves as invulnerable. A hard fact of life is that we cannot do everything by ourselves. In fact, according to Scripture, we can do nothing apart from Christ (John 15:5).
  • Life-shattering hardships cause us to fall at the foot of the cross with open, empty hands. God is not impressed with how much we can handle “on our own”; rather, He desires us to come to Him utterly broken, realizing that He alone can restore our lives (Psalm 51:17).
  • The darkest life is the one that is affected most by the light of Christ. Just as a single candle has tremendous impact on a dark room, so does the blazing light of Jesus illuminate our hearts.

Pray for a clearer understanding of the dark times in your life, so that you may be better prepared to understand and accept the grace that God desires to pour out.

Lord, help me to understand that the darkness makes Your light shine brighter and makes me realize my need for it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 25 The Temple Of God

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:9–17

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Before you were saved, you were a reflection of this godless age. Your thoughts and habits, though perhaps good ones, were more benevolent than godly. Once Christ came to live in your heart, your life was changed. Your body, even in its fallen state, has become His place of residence. We know that while God resides in heaven, His Spirit lives within the lives of those who believe in Him.

Rather than living among the trees or in the wind, God who is personal and intimate in nature seeks a dwelling place where He can express Himself. He actually desires to live with His creation and has chosen the lives of those who love Him as His home.

In Old Testament times the Jews worshiped God in the temple. But Jesus’ coming abolished the need for a man-made habitat. Just as our Lord walked and talked with the people of His day, He is doing the same with those who belong to Him through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

What happens if we, as temples of God, become dirty and dark through our association with the sinfulness of this world? The gravest result is the loss of intimate fellowship with Christ. Nothing equals that. Filling your life with things that sadden God brings tearful consequences.

Don’t darken the light that God has placed inside you. You are His temple, His home this side of heaven.

Father, thank You for coming and living inside me. Continually cleanse every corner of my spiritual temple. Make it a fit habitation for a King.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Media Has Done Irreparable Damage To The Country — The Federalist

For the past two years, the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Nothing like it has ever happened in American history.

For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump’s victory, or antagonism towards Republicans in general—or, most likely, a little bit of all the above. But now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it’s clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to delegitimize and overturn Trump’s election.

While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented. Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories. Our weekly bouts of Russia hysteria all sprung from one predetermined outcome: Trump was in bed with Vlad Putin.

The natural disposition of journalists—even opinion journalists—should be skepticism. Like him or not, the notion that the president of the United States, a wealthy showman who’s been in the limelight for decades, and ran one of the most chaotic major political organizations in history, had been secretly conspiring with Russia to steal a 50-state election should immediately have been deemed too good to be true by any decent journalist.

Yet once-respectable, if biased, mainstream outlets churned out deceptive and faulty stories on the matter. Even when corrected, the many debunked pieces helped foster an environment that allowed the Big Myth to fester.

Read more: The Media Has Done Irreparable Damage To The Country — The Federalist

With Mueller Done, WSJ Urges “Probe The Real Scandal” | ZeroHedge News

Just hours after reports that Rep. Devin Nunes will refer criminal charges against Clinton operatives & high-level FBI & DOJ officials for perpetuating the Russiagate hoax for over three years, The Wall Street Journal’s outspoken voice of reason, Kimberley Strassel, stresses that Americans deserve a full accounting of the missteps of Comey and the FBI.

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Attorney General William Barr has reported to Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared President Trump and his campaign team of claims of conspiring with Russia during the 2016 election. This is more than an exoneration. It’s a searing indictment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a reminder of the need to know the story behind the bureau’s corrosive investigation.

Mr. Mueller’s report likely doesn’t put it that way, but it’s the logical conclusion of his no-collusion finding. The FBI unleashed its powers on a candidate for the office of the U.S. presidency, an astonishing first. It did so on the incredible grounds that the campaign had conspired to aid a foreign government. And it used the most aggressive tools in its arsenal—surveillance of U.S. citizens, secret subpoenas of phone records and documents, even human informants.

The wreckage is everywhere. The nation has been engulfed in conspiracy theories for years. A presidency was hemmed in by the threat of a special counsel. Citizens have gone to jail not for conspiracy, but for after-the-fact interactions with Mr. Mueller’s team. Dozens more have spent enormous amounts of money and time defending their reputations.

None of this should ever have happened absent highly compelling evidence—from the start—of wrongdoing. Yet from what we know, the FBI operated on the basis of an overheard conversation of third-tier campaign aide George Papadopoulos, as well as a wild “dossier” financed by the rival presidential campaign. Mr. Mueller’s no-collusion finding amounts to a judgment that there never was any evidence. The Papadopoulos claim was thin, the dossier a fabrication.

Which is all the more reason Americans now deserve a full accounting of the missteps of former FBI Director James Comey and his team—in part so that this never happens again.

That includes the following:

What “evidence” did the FBI have in totality?

What efforts did the bureau take to verify it?

Did it corroborate anything before launching its probe?

What role did political players play?

How aware was the FBI that it was being gulled into a dirty-trick operation, and if so, how did it justify proceeding?

How intrusive were the FBI methods?

And who was harmed?

If Mr. Mueller has done his job properly, his report will address some of this. His team would have had to look into the sources of the allegations as part of determining the documents’ (lack of) veracity. A Mueller report that doesn’t mention the dossier and its political provenance, or questionable news stories used to justify surveillance warrants, for instance, is a report that is playing politics.

The fuller accounting will come only through total disclosure of FBI and Justice Department probe documents. Mr. Trump promised that disclosure in September but has yet to follow through.

Strassel concludes that “transparency is now a necessity. “

The Mueller report is only half the story. With the special-counsel probe at an end, it’s time to go back the beginning – to the documents that explain its origin. Only then will Americans have the full story of the Russia-collusion narrative.

How long before #LockThemUp starts trending?

Source: GatewayPundit

Source: With Mueller Done, WSJ Urges “Probe The Real Scandal”